I see the world in still shots.  If I can manipulate this machine in my hand, I can translate the image in my head into one that can be shared with other people.  The world slows down around me and I move myself in and out of the scene to get the composition exactly as it speaks to me.  I capture the juxtaposition of nature and man-made, wild and urban, light and color to show the world in a way not always visible to our daily speed.  

I collect bits of nature that sit on a yard-saled secretary desk that is a sanctuary in my little row home.  I love coffee, black, and decaf.  I eat mostly vegan and as local as possible.  I grew up riding horses and running trails, learning the latin names of trees and taking way too many pictures of my friends.  My parents enabled me to travel, including an epic cross-country family road trip at 15 and a semester studying abroad in Italy in college.  I criss-cross the country regularly each year and value the friendships I have around the world.  Nothing is better than an early morning in my parents' kitchen.

I grew up in Pittsburgh and have called Baltimore home for the past 9 years with my husband and cat.  My full-time gig is as a professional landscape architect, my part-time gig is treasurer of a professional co-ed fraternity and my passion is with my camera.  I feel equally comfortable deep in the city and out in the country.  Unless there are cows running at me.    

Banner photo by Cherisse Otis Photos