I got my first 110 film camera at age eleven. The negatives were a quarter the size of regular film and had an easy click in canister and a built in flash. I felt pretty hip spinning the camera cord around my wrist as I followed my family and pets around taking photos very quickly. I wasted a lot of film on cut off heads and overexposures but I didn’t care I just wanted to see the 3x3 prints, versus holding the slides my dad shot up to the light. My sister and I impatiently smiled while my dad composed the perfect shot fearing wasted ektachrome slides on our unnatural expressions. With my own camera I only had to wait about a week to flip through the roll of 24 exposures as I laughed at what I had taken. I upgraded to a Pentax K-1000 in high school and took my first and only photography course shooting mostly tri-X black and white film. I loved everything that involved developing my own shots in the dark room as I watched the images slowly appear.

I took my camera to Yellowstone when I worked there the summers of my college years. I packed around various rolls of film and spent a lot of my paycheck on Kodak mailers. After graduating with a B.A. in Fine Arts from California State University, Chico in the early 80’s I moved to Bozeman and continued my education in graphic design.

Years later, as my kids were changing too rapidly, taking their photos was the only way I could stop time; camera in one hand and cleaning up after them with the other hand. I switched between color film and C-41 process black and white.

When I bought a therapeutic horse named Angel, for our daughter, Storey, I noticed I was taking as many photos of our horse as I was of our kids. Five months later Angel surprised us with a filly and we named her Spirit. I shot rolls and rolls of film of my children, but when our daughter passed away at age seven, those rolls of photos just didn’t seem enough-I wished I had shot thousands more. After losing Storey I found being around horses and taking their pictures made me smile again, especially when I took photos of Spirit, who has become my favorite model. Soon after, I found myself stopping the car to take photos of other people’s horses.

As technology advanced I bought the digital version of my favorite film camera; The Canon Rebel-XTi, and I then was hooked. The camera is so user friendly that I shoot mainly on automatic concentrating on the composition and light and trusting the camera to do the rest. Most of these are digital, and composed in the field, with very few alterations. I keep a telephoto lens on my camera and it goes with me almost everywhere, because you just never know……………

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