I am a fine art travel and landscape photographer based in the St. Louis metro area. I specialize in dramatic black and white landscapes, colorful minimalism, and scenes from everyday life. My studio is Wits End Photography.
Born on the plains of Colorado, I began traveling at a young age and traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and parts of Asia. I always had my trusty point-and-shoot camera - always set to “auto”. In 2015, I discovered photography as a serious hobbyist and a 365 Project (one photo a day for a year) honed my photography skills and ignited my passion for the art of photography.
I’m an orchestral musician and music educator by profession and I found that the artistic thinking and the technical approach to art that I had developed as a musician transferred to the medium of photography.
I love to travel, but even when I’m at home in St. Louis, I try to keep the same sense of adventure – looking for novelty in the everyday; finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. I scour the city and surrounding areas, looking for texture and life in architecture and landscapes. Everyone has a history and every place is central to a story.
Wits End was born long before I became a photographer. My husband is British and many years ago we named our home, in the tradition of quaint British cottages, “Wits End” (there’s even a sign on the front porch). Wits End, we decided, is where we always live!
But it wasn’t until I really was at my wits end that I took up photography as a serious hobby. I was going through a lot of stress and negativity in my life and photography gave me a new challenge. Learning a new skill distracted me from the stressful parts of my life. I started a 365 Project (one photo a day for a year) and looking for beauty in the world every single day kept me from sinking into despair. In a very real way photography saved me when I really was at my wits end. The name of my photography studio reminds me that even on dark days, I can see beauty and that every day I can choose to see that beauty.
I am the founder and contributing editor for the photography education website PhotoYoga. PhotoYoga is a positive place for photography. It is a safe place for learning and growth. PhotoYoga is a place for photographers to be accepting of each other, acknowledging that we are all at different levels. We acknowledge what we don’t know and are willing to share what we do know.