As a freelance photographer based in Pittsboro, North Carolina, I am honored to share my photographic journey that began 30 years ago.
When I was a teen, I discovered my parents’ old 35mm Minolta film camera and it marked the beginning of a life-long interest. I accepted the opportunity, with honor and excitement, to serve as the yearbook photographer and editor in high school. Those two years of experience led me to pursue a bachelor's degree from UNC-Chapel Hill's journalism school, concentrating in photojournalism and graphic design.
My college internship expanded into my first full-time job and gave me hands-on experience in the field of commercial photography. I worked as a production assistant for Jim Erickson, an accomplished national photographer (jimerickson.com) who was then based in downtown Raleigh. Situated within a large warehouse was a uniquely well-staffed studio with a team of photographers plus a darkroom, talent agency, stylist, and set production professionals.
Then my husband and I moved to Clearwater, Florida for eight years. My career path shifted toward another area of my interests and skills in layout and design work. Initially, I worked for a printing and direct mail house then an advertising agency before landing in global advertising and marketing at The Moorings, an international vacation yacht charter company. During that time, I was working with commercial photographers as their client but continued to shoot on my own outside of work.
After returning to North Carolina in 2001, I temporarily stepped away from the business world to build our home and family. My husband and I feel very blessed to share life with our two children. Our family enjoys being outdoors, especially trail running and hiking in places like the NC mountains and US National Parks. (Pictured here is us at the top of Angel's Landing in Zion National Park, Utah.)
Eagle Eye Photo was launched in April 2004 when I was a stay-home mom. Now, I balance freelance photo work with a part-time career in classical, Christian education. My business' name is based on the nickname "Eagle Eyes" that a co-worker gave me for my proofreading skills. I’m still known to be observant and quick to capture moments in the details of life.