Before my photography career took off, (back in the 80’s, and yes I was complete with the big 80’s hair) I used to draw and paint a lot. I don’t like to brag, but I was very good at it too. I was on the “Best 100 art students” list for my portrait drawings. My kids are all grown up now, so in the last several months I’ve taken up painting again. I have taken an interest in encaustic and have really fallen in love with this medium. I’m obsessed actually. I am excited to offer encaustic works to my clients, both paintings and encaustic photography.

Encaustic is a Greek word meaning “to heat or burn in” (enkaustikos) and can be traced back to portraits painted in 100-300 A.D. by Greek painters in Egypt. Encaustic is the oldest medium still in use today using beeswax, damar resin and pigment. The encaustic medium can be used to encapsulate and preserve a photograph, adding depth and interest to the surface of a photograph (and preserving it in the process) or to create many different kinds of art. I love the details and texture in encaustic paintings. Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax to fusing the layers of wax. Working with molten wax I use a torch, heat gun and other tools to create pieces that have depth and movement. Please let me know if you are interested in having me create a custom piece for you. Thank you and enjoy!  Please email me if you are interested in purchasing any of my original pieces:

Blue Teal and Gold Wave Encaustic painting 9×12 on 1.5 inch cradled board:

































Encaustic photography-24×30 photographic print fused with encaustic medium on 2 inch cradled board:




8×8 inch Triptych “Wave” encaustic mixed media painting on cradled board:






“Black and gold wave” 9×12 encaustic painting on cradled board


You really have to see these in person to truly appreciate them, the texture and depth just draws you in…I could stare at these for ever!
I’m dreaming of white with a suggestion of a red tulip and a long green stem with a splash of gold leaf….what would you like to see me create? Please let me know!

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2016 was another great year, my 28th year of being a wedding photographer. We were blessed with so many wonderful couples, we look forward to our upcoming adventures in 2017! Thank you to all of our couples who have inspired us so much, cheers to the new year! We are almost booked solid for 2017 and booking into 2018 as well. If you would like more information, please visit our website:

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What can I say, I love cake, I love to bake them, decorate them, and I really love to see people enjoying and appreciating them.  When my kids were little they got to pick any cake from the Wilton Cake Book for their birthday and I would make it for them.  Back then I’m not sure, but I don’t think they had cakes with fondant, or at least I never saw them.

These are my first two attempts of cakes with fondant and I have found it to be a really fun medium to work with!

I made this cake for my daughter Athena before she went on her study abroad trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands:

I made this cake for my daughter before she went on her study abroad trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

I made this one for my Niece’s birthday:


I don’t remember the first fondant cakes I ever saw, but I really took notice the first time I saw Robin Martin’s work.  She’s the decorator and owner of Gateaux Inc. and her work is amazing!  This is the first cake of hers that I ever saw:

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Lindsay and Adam were married in the back yard of their beautiful Lake Elmo home, which is the perfect setting for a wedding. The weather forecast had us all a little nervous as it kept saying severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and hail, but as you can see by the images, it ended up being a perfect day. Amazingly it started to rain (really hard) just as the last guests made their way to their seats under the enormous (and very sturdy) party tent, but it lasted just a few minutes and the rest of the evening was dry. Trent and I were honored to be there to document Lindsay and Adam’s wedding day, they complement one another perfectly and are both just wonderful, loving people. I don’t know how I get so lucky with such great clients but I am very grateful! Congratulations Lindsay and Adam!


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Desiree & Jordan were married on the beach at the Hard Rock Punta Cana Hotel. The staff was wonderful and helped them plan out and execute every detail. It was quite the party!





Here’s the slideshow of their wedding day:

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