The Photographer


I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, with a big extended family. There was a lot of turkey dinners and spilled sweet tea. My voice could barely be heard above the dull roar. But it didn’t stop me from inquiring about all the black and white pictures along the wall.

Who were these people, my own flesh and blood? Where did they come from? What was their life path? I was curious about my family’s legacy--especially my great-great-grandfather Detlev from Denmark, a portrait photographer and world traveler who was fresh off the boat.

Inspired by this story, I got my first camera at age 8. I captured family vacations, the statue of liberty, stuff like that.

After a bachelors in marketing and a masters in geography, (I sort have a thing for maps) I spent many years providing strategic planning, project management, program direction and analysis for the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2015, I needed a change and opened my photography business. It was like learning to fly. Back to my roots I ran with open arms!

I’m really just an old soul who’s a sucker for nostalgia and tradition. I love Marx Brothers movies. I never miss the Kentucky Derby. I enjoy a nice mug of root beer. And I truly heart capturing and preserving the moments that occur between a family.

My process (Let’s meet in person, let’s print proofs, let’s look at color swatches we can touch!) is a testament to my dedication to traditional craftsmanship.

The older I get, the more I understand that while we’re busy living life, time marches on. Let’s capture our laugh lines. Let’s record our candle-lit birthdays. Let’s document our life. For generations to come.