Who Am I (in a nutshell)?
Now that’s a loaded question but one I will try to answer as succinctly as possible. Which is hard for me because I’m quite the talker, in this case writer.
I’m a fun loving, free spirited person known in the blogging world as “F-stopmama”. That’s a nickname I came up with many years ago while diving into the photography world and it stuck.
I live a simple life on 100 acres of forested land in the middle of nowhere, Indiana. To give you some context, I’m about 35 miles southwest of Indianapolis.
In May of 2014, I stepped out of my comfort zone again. I left behind my research lab job to pursue being a family and wedding photographer. Best decision I’ve made, although it’s taken time and patience and learning to live without some things. I absolutely love photographing families and watching them grow and change over the years. It is truly a wonderful feeling.
But in August of 2019 I decided I needed to pursue an additional path. That lead me to yoga teacher certification. As a practitioner of yoga for many years becoming a teacher was the next natural step. My passion for yoga is obvious with how much I love talking about it. The practice of yoga changed my life in many ways and I wish to share that with all of you. In 2020 I ventured outside my comfort zone once again to try out video. Something I never thought I would try, much less enjoy. I have found it to be fun, rewarding and scary all at the same time. Today I offer a variety of online yoga classes for the beginner level student or those who are coming back to the practice after some time away.
Things I Love
That list is ever growing and changing as I try new things and find new loves. It includes everything nature, yoga, meditation, photography, writing, cooking, sipping on wine, hiking, kayaking, animals, volunteering, teaching yoga, reading, and exploring new places (both near and far).
My Personal Side
I live with my life partner, Shane. We are happy NOT married (13 years together 2020). Our cabin in the woods is home to 2 crazy, very spoiled cats (who are napping on the couch as I speak). They act more like dogs, actually letting us know when they need to go out to do their business. Plus we have a beautiful, sweet, loving, rescue dog named Josie. She is a 6 year-old Boxer (as of July 2020) who teaches us everyday the meaning of life and love. Much to her chagrin she often finds herself the subject of my camera while hiking. I have many photos of her looking the other way, she does it to spite me.
What I Hope to Do
My ultimate goal is to be a positive influence in our world through photography, teaching & sharing the practice of yoga, writing and sharing my world with all of you. I wish to be a wonderful soul living this human life the best way I know how.
Thank you for taking the time to check out my small corner of the vast internet. Join me on this journey as we discover new waters together.
A Few Photos Capturing My Personality
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness”14th Dalai Lama