I was about 10 years old when I discovered my father's Minolta camera. It was during our travels throughout the U.S. and Mexico that his camera rarely left my side. From portraits to landscapes, I photographed what captured my eye so I could later share the images with family and friends.

While attending Kirkwood Community College with a major in business administration, I took a photography course as an elective. It was the history, composition, and moments that I learned at Kirkwood that gave me a greater appreciation of what I loved to do when I was a little girl. Soon after, I moved from the Midwest to California to attend Brooks Institute. It was there, at Brooks, where I found my appreciation for a great photo story; stories that I wanted to make and share with more than my family and friends.