I grew up on a farm in rural Southwestern Minnesota and learned to take pictures through the local 4-H program. I took most of my pictures of the nature and landscape around me, and people told me that many of my pictures held special meaning for them.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then those words make up countless memories.

Thatís what motivated me to turn my hobby into a part-time venture Ė photography that means something to people.

After several family members encouraged me to use photography to capture memories for other people, I began taking pictures and marketing them outside my family. People have also liked the note cards and post cards Iíve made out of some of my most popular prints.