I started my photography business shortly after having my son. What began as taking his newborn photos snowballed into to shooting countless portrait sessions, corporate work, branding photography, and eventually weddings which I became known for. The experience made me comfortable working quickly to document everything from fleeting moments to portfolio photography for the vendors that make weddings into bespoke events.
In the wake of 2020, I started pivoting. Homesteading became all the more important to our family and I found myself making art again after a hiatus. I'm a constant researcher, especially when it comes to our homestead and my art career. I'm drawn to learning from other homesteaders, artists, and small business owners like myself.
Time and again, I find people sharing valuable information and making amazing things. But, their content goes unnoticed because of the quality of their photos. Sometimes, it feels like the one thing standing in their way. If I can make someone else stand out and reach a wider audience, I've done my job.
My husband and I’s homesteading dream began when we were students at Ball State, craving a sense of freedom and living closer to nature. Neither of us had experience prior. We moved to our 11.5 acre homestead in 2018 where we garden, grow fruit trees, raise chickens, keep bees, forage, and learn. We're always learning new ways to preserve food, put permaculture practices into place, and building a self-sufficiency. You can find us @TwoRootsHomestead on Instagram if you'd like to follow along with our journey.
I’m a mixed media artist. I especially love working with acrylics on wood panels. My art has appeared in juried, collaborative, and solo exhibitions. Some of my work is part of Ball State's permanent collection. I've taught painting and drawing to children and adults. My work has even been written about in the local papers a few times! Even though I don’t have any tattoos, I’ve drawn several for other people.
When we bought our house, it was a total fixer upper. We've taken most of the rooms in our house down to the studs, renovating much of it ourselves. Most weekends we end up at the hardware store. If we aren’t working outside, my husband and I spend many “date nights” swinging hammers, blasting music, rebuilding our dream home. To name a handful of projects, I've done drywalling, tiling, laid flooring from the studs up, finished cabinets, hung ceiling planks... and obsessed over many a paint swatch.
I’m no home chef yet, but I love to cook. There's something so satisfying about serving something really good from scratch, especially if it was homegrown. My husband and I enjoy cooking together, taking on different parts of a meal. With homesteading, that’s opened up whole new avenues for cooking. We're gradually learning how to preserve food and make new things with what we grow.
I love inspecting fungi. Mushrooms have appeared in a lot of my artwork over the years as a visual symbol for growing from past experiences. I love finding, photographing, and painting them. They’re like exotic flowers to me that become more interesting as I learn more about them. I would love to become more comfortable foraging in general, but I hope to eventually go on forays and learn from experts.