ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER What I love most about working as a photographer is making people happy. I want to produce the photos that truly represent your business, the photo of your child that will make you tear up when he's 20, the wedding photos you will come back to again and again on your anniversary. This is what drives me as a photographer. I discovered my love for photography in 2003 while sitting in my courtyard in Burkina Faso, West Africa, cursing the low battery life of a digital point and shoot. I was in a rural village with no electricity, and the batteries I could buy at the village market were too weak to turn on my cursed little camera. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, there was so much I wanted to document but I just didn't have the skills or the equipment... So in 2005 I started taking photography courses and workshops at PIMA, PNCA, PCC and Newspace. I apprenticed with some of the top commercial photographers in Portland. I honed my skills until I could call myself a professional photographer without hesitation. As it turns out, I may have inherited a love for photography. Lois Campbell, my dad's mother, supported her family in Lincoln Nebraska during the Great Depression by working for Kodak. My maternal grandmother, Janice Merz, was never without her Pentax K1000 while studying the botany of the Hood River Valley.