My earliest memories are of camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. At times since then I've misplaced my sense of wonder at our beautiful natural world, but thankfully I've never completely lost that awe that I first felt while seated amongst the canvas backpacks on the floor of our family's old aluminum canoe.
When I was 8 years old, I went to summer camp for the first time. Packed away in my gear was my mother's Kodak Instamatic. I don't remember a lot about camp that year, but I do remember how I felt about the light spilling through the birch trees in the central Minnesota forest. Somewhere I still have a print of the resulting image. That photograph of the forest floor didn't live up to my experience, but I've been trying to capture the light ever since.
In recent years, I've rediscovered my two earliest loves in life—the outdoors and the camera—and the results are shared here, along with my attempts to create thoughtful, natural portraits of people and their pets. I hope you enjoy. Either way, I would love to hear from you!