Most memories of my childhood were visual. I was always just watching everything and everyone and quietly letting it all sink in. I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and loved being outside, loved dancing and listening to my parents’ albums and loved reading and looking at photos in books & magazines.
After graduating from Miami of Ohio with a degree in Retail Management and a minor in Photography, I moved to Chicago and eventually broke into photography working with fashion photographer, John Beckett, soaking in all I could about the studio, the cameras, the shoots, but mostly how to make the models feel so at ease in front of the camera.
I became a photo editor for 2 national magazines, both in print and web, and enjoyed learning about the other side of the photography business. In 1997 I finally got back behind the camera and photographed an amazing trip to Italy. When I returned, I exhibited my Italy images and that was the start of my business. I soon found a niche for working with children and developed a style that stood apart from the typical studio portraits. I photographed them just being themselves and enjoying being kids.
I miss shooting with film, and have always been a Canon girl. I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III, and primarily work with a 50mm 1.4 lens that is significant to my style of candid, natural light photography. I photograph everything from children and families to events, corporate head shots, travel, lifestyle and also work with commercial clients photographing real models, products, food and architectural spaces for annual reports, packaging, advertising and other forms of marketing and promotion.
I have a natural light studio in Evanston with a great park across the street. I am a member the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, have chaired of The Evanston Arts Council and work for Northwestern University as Visual Communications Manager for Student Affairs Marketing, doing photography, working with students and web design work. I live in Evanston with
my husband, the author, Jay Bonansinga
. I always keep shooting for myself and exhibit that work whenever I can and finding the many amazing images in everyday life.
I still am letting it all sink in and appreciating every moment.