Back in the day, when I was just a girl, my uncle Mike would come visit us out in Washington, MO every once in a while. What I remember most is the Brownie camera always hanging around his neck and his limitless patience as I peppered him with photography questions. At another point in my childhood, my father inexplicably came into an entire darkroom setup. Though I wasn’t allowed to experiment with it, the spark of curiosity was lit. I have spent the last fifteen years as a freelance photographer while also raising my two (now adult) children with my husband of 34 years. Suffice it to say that all three of them have sat for more than enough practice portrait sessions while I experimented with new gear or techniques.