My work centers on my roots in Cedar Rapids, IA and our travel pursuits across the country. I am a self-taught photographer with an impostor syndrome problem. I photograph my family in amusing, informal, and unremarkable experiences. My photography is my love letter to my children. The ones that are here, and the ones that have been lost. Photography has morphed into an oxygen tank. The bulk of my work is done on film cameras (35mm, medium format) and some digital with very minimal processing. Authentic storytelling is paramount to my vision of sharing what I see every day. Nothing is ever added or subtracted from my images. No one is ever directed. The “imitationalism” of real life elements representing art. My use of both contrasting black and white images and soothing warm color palates highlights this vision of creating minimalist and welcoming compositions to give the viewer a sense of balance of seeing both chaos and calm.