Since the sixth grade, when I “bought” my first camera with the wooden nickels I earned at the orthodontist, I have always had an inclination toward photography. Photos are like candy to me. My senior year of high school, I was one of the historians in my Musical Productions class, where in between singing and dancing, I snapped photos and shot video as often as I could. I bought my own video camera, and I was so proud of that thing. My love of photos made those disposable cameras in the grocery aisle very hard to resist, and the suspense of developing film made every Inkley’s envelope feel like Christmas.
The only photo class I ever took in high school was a black and white film photography class, where I used my dad’s SLR from his mission in Japan. The class, and my teacher, did not encourage or inspire me, but I still have one of the photos I took hanging on my wall. It’s a stop-motion pic of our backyard waterfall: one of my favorite places to think.
My first Canon camera was a gift from my husband in the final month before my son was born. I swear that my intention was a musical connotation, not a photographic one, when we ultimately named him Benjamin Canon Peck. I have some really great photos of that boy, by the way. My fourth child came after a few years struggling with depression, and I wanted a way to focus on happiness. So for the first year of my daughter’s life, I posted a daily picture of her on a blog, along with at least one thing that had brought me joy. The blog is still out there on the interweb; you can check it out here.
I started shooting portraits in 2011, and as I transitioned to digital, I learned from every shoot. I believe that owning a fancy camera does not automatically make you a photographer; I think that training, skill, and passion are essential. Connecting with people, also, can make the difference between a good photograph and a bad one. I’m currently working toward my BA in Visual Arts at Weber State University, and I’ll be applying to the Photography BFA in October. I’ve enjoyed the foundation art courses at Weber, where I’ve discovered a talent for drawing portraits as well. I’m just pretty much in love with art of all kinds.
Some things I adore:
- Live theatre
- Making people laugh
- Playing fetch with my dogs
- Autumn in Utah
- The sound of rushing water
- Maroon 5
- (and of course) Photography
I am passionate about photography, and I work my hardest to deliver a product that my clients can be happy with. I am drawn to locations with shadows and textures, and I love focusing on the details of a shot. If you like what you see on my site, please give me a call; and if you don’t like anything here, give me a call anyway and let’s discuss your vision. I and my Canon (the camera, not my son) are always up for a challenge. (You can also find me on Facebook.)