Moving as a small town girl in Alaska to Portland, Oregon, you could say was a little bit of a culture shock. Very young and unsure about where life would take me, I dove into full time work and started my journey through college. During those years, I worked in various settings and met people that welcomed me into their vibrant communities. These experiences shaped me into who I am today. With several speed bumps, I’ve been discovering the things that drive me the most.
In 2017, I received my Bachelors of Arts, with a minor in Photography from Portland State University. There, I worked in Outdoor Education with Portland State's Outdoor Program. To keep my head above water financially, I worked full time to support myself. I was in restaurant industry, worked for the school newspaper, was an assistant wedding photographer and an outdoor student guide. In the resturant industry I aquired an appreciation for food and craft, but expereinced food waste on another level. In the Outdoor Program, I discovered my passion for education, outdoor recreation, sustainability, and the environment. There, I was also exposed to international students and individuals from LGBTQ community which taught me about different cultures, language, pronouns, sexual identities and orientation.
Fast forward to 2018 and I finally feel like I have a better perspective on what makes me tick! I currently harvest on a farm, work for farmers markets, do the occasional landscape work and also manage to continue my freelance photography. Being in more labor intensive work gave me more of an appreciation for the people that have fed this country and also built it. These experiences make me strive to be apart of communities that are involved with and value education, diversity, equality, the health of our environment, and most importantly the health of our communities. I love being outside, getting my hands dirty, dancing, learning, cooking, being around kids, having discussions beyond small talk and exchanging stories with people.
The photography that I do is what helps bridge the gap of exchanging these stories. I want to share with you, stories about agriculture, sustainability, the importance of our sweet mother nature, of our families and our connections. As a photographer, I not only want to share my story, but I want to help share others as well. To share, how we have more in common then differences. How we can celebrate these differences, challenge one another, how we can respect cultures, that we can connect with one another even if we don’t speak the same language. Currently we are going through major shifts and controversial issues both globally as well as locally. Things that effect each one of us politically, socially, economically, and environmentally. If I can influence one person, share one vibrant and beautiful story that helps give someone a different perspective of anothers in a positive way… I believe I have done my job.