It all started with a gift: A Kodak Pocket Ten from my photo-loving dad.
As a six-year old, it took only a day to discover how often doors will open with a camera at your side. People share their stories. They invite you to join in adventures. Suddenly, the world seems like a bigger place. And I was hooked on opportunities to explore the lives of all who passed before my lens. In just moments, someone formerly a stranger could become a new friend. Amazing!
That same sense of fun and fascination is still as fresh and exciting to me as it was during my childhood. In fact the longer I've lived, the more I've come to value those fleeting instants, and the effect that a photo can have on emotions and memory.
As a photographer, I help others to capture beautiful and important life moments. I do this with great inner satisfaction. Especially as I turn the pages of my own albums and meditate on the faces of people and places that hold meaning in my life: My beautiful daughter Ellie as she runs toward me with her arms outstretched; my husband Tim looking up from the Sunday paper with a smile; my sweet sister Lily and my mother Kit in a happier time before I lost them both to cancer. Knowing how much my personal photos and their connected memories mean to me, it's a pleasure and a privilege to present others with their own collections to enjoy.
Photographing people is my passion, my focus and my life's joyful work.
NBA Players including Seattle Supersonics:
Ray Allen and family
Nick Collison and family
Rashard Lewis and family
Damien Wilkins and family
Kurt Thomas and family
The family of Matt Hasselbeck
Cory Redding and family
Gary Larson, creator of The Far Side
World Association for Children and Parents
Rita Milos Brownstein, Author and
Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services
Books and Publications
3 years old - Took blurry pictures on dad's 35mm camera.
6 years old - Given my first camera and a drugstore budget for making prints
10 years old - Learned to develop film and print in a darkroom at Camp Martin Johnson, a YMCA camp.
13 years old - Furnished a complete 4x5 darkroom in my family's Chicago basement
14-18 years old - Sold photos 25 cents each to swim team friends
15-18 years old - Interned commercial photographer Ted Lacey
20 years old - Earned AAS in photographic science, Magna Cum Laude, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
22 years old - Earned BFA in Fine Art Photography from RIT
22 years old -Assisted Commercial photographers while building portrait clientele.
23 years old - Earned a 2.5 year position at the Art Institute of Chicago. My Portrait business growing after hours.
25 years old- Moved permanently to Seattle Washington, assisted commercial photographers and housecleaned while building wedding/pregnancy/portrait business.
27 years old - Rented first photo studio. Income 100% from photography!
29 years old - Moved to Royal Brougham 2500ft studio loft.
30 years old - Adopted F-stop, my trusty pound-puppy, who helped carry gear for 10 years.
35 years old - Met Timothy Rohleder, my future husband.
39 years old - Moved my studio to a Phinney Ridge store front.
41 years old - Ellie Alexandra is born. Portraits take on a whole new importance.
Partial List of Locations Where I Have Photographed
Cater Arts/ The Lakeside
Clise Mansion - Marymoor Park
Holy Names Academy Church
Mayflower Park Hotel
Point Defiance Pagoda
Rose Garden - Point Defiance
Rose Garden - Woodland Park Zoo
South Shore Country Club - Chicago IL
Space Needle - Skyline
University Club of Seattle
And many more