The Studio

Although it has not been used much in the traditional sense, I do posses a bachelors degree in kindergarten through twelfth grade Art Education.  I studied art for six years at the University of Montana and taught for a brief time at Drummond Elementary/High School.  But soon after that I took a youth administrator job at the same church my husband was a youth pastor at ( and now the head pastor).  I taught a short college level art class at our church's school of ministry, but that is where my teaching experience stopped.  So my art teaching degree instead is used for my personal enjoyment & expression.  I have had a passion for photography since I was little, but really delved into it in high school.  Much of my artwork is done through photography now because A) I love it B) It is a realistic form of art for me to do with four kiddos- I can stop & restart, it's not time sensitive, & no mess involved.  Five years ago I started doing photography more professionally through portraits and weddings, you can check out that style of my photography here.  If I have time & space I also love to paint- but I get to do that at most once a year.  I also enjoy clay, sculpture (mostly wood), and drawing.  Hopefully, one day I will have a studio!  Most of my creative juices are poured into my daily necessities of cooking and home decor.  But this page will be dedicated to the small amount of Fine Art I am able to produce.  Enjoy!

Try turning off your flash & snapping photos that way.  You'll be amazed at how much this one little action changes the color & contrasts of your photos (even on a little point & shoot camera this works great).
Change your angle, try getting below or above your subject matter & photographing it that way.  This can make for really great compositions.

Get close & set your aperture low, makes for really interesting photos & focuses your viewers attention.  (If you don't have a camera where you can set the aperture, use the portrait setting... you know, the one with the persons profile icon.  This setting should automatically give you a low aperture.)