When I am making photographs is when I feel most alive! I feel like this is what I am supposed to be doing.
ABOUT ME GROWING UP: I began toting around a little plastic rectangular 110 camera when I was still in the single digits. I used to think that the packages the film came in looked like breakfast bar wrappers. I am not sure if that is what initially fueled my desire to make photographs, however. I began photographing everything from nature, family trips, Barbies with their newly shorn haircuts, even my brother dressed up as a girl! Didn’t every big sister do this to her little brother? Being a quiet person, I was able to use my love of photography to express myself.
I soon acquired my fathers 35 mm Canon AE-1 and studied photography in high school. I then went on to receive my BFA in photography from The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) and my MFA, also in photography, from Cranbrook Academy of Art. During my studies in college I found a love for the 4×5 camera and began photographing scenarios that were a mixture of reality and fantasy.
ABOUT ME NOW:
Now, I still love to take photographs, and I still photograph my family and my brother’s family, however, he won’t let me dress him up as a girl anymore. I also photograph weddings and family’s and children! But, I also love animals, especially cats! I imagine myself someday having an animal rescue farm in California. Why in California, you might ask? Because I love to be warm. I know, now you are wondering why am I in Minnesota? Yes, I do not like to be cold, not one tiny bit, but I grew up here and my family is here (and I love them too) and so, I am here. I also love wine and going to wineries and hiking at the State Parks. I usually do not go to wineries and State Parks on the same day however. Only sometimes! My husband and I joined the State Parks Hiking Club and we plan to make it to all of the Minnesota State Parks to hike the trails. We’ve knocked off a few already, but we have many to go! So, here are only a few things that make up who I am (the most important things of course). Now, let me hear about you!
*photos by Tim Dieterle