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TL;DR version: I like to take photos. I like to go to renaissance faires. I've been taking photos since I was a child. I've been going to renaissance faires since my late 30s. I take a lot of photos at renaissance faires in an official capacity. I take a lot of non-faire photos in no official capacity. See below for the longer version...
I've been doing some form of photography for over 30 years (since I was 13 years old). I was around 9 years old when my dad handed me a little 110 camera and told me I could "take a few photos" of the Budweiser Clydesdales that were visiting the Army base where we lived. I burned up an entire roll of film on the horses as they were getting geared up for the parade. When I was 13, my parents gave me a "Disc" camera for Christmas. When I graduated high school, they gave me their 35mm film camera. I had a few years dotted about when I couldn't afford film and a year or two where my 35mm Nikon died and I had to rely on disposable film cameras till a generous friend gave me a digital point-and-shoot (Canon Ixus 75).
May 19, 2012: My kids waited till May 19th to give me my Mother's Day gift. Since we go to renaissance faires and I take hundreds of photos of not just jousters, but everything at faire, my kids waited till the Janesville Ren Faire, so we would one- be in public, two- be among friends. They recorded me (the videos are on Facebook) and gave me a Nikon D5100- and among everything that came with it, they purchased two extra lenses- a zoom (55-200mm) and a macro (40mm). I have awesome kids.
My father passed away in 2013 and when his estate was finally settled in 2017, I used a portion of my inheritance to buy a refurbished Nikon D7200. I also picked up a Nikkor 50mm 2.8 and a Tamron 16-300 zoom lens.
Spouse of a disabled veteran (he suffered a massive stroke at 28 years of age), mom to three kids who are all grown (31, 28, and 27 years old), and as of February 22, 2021, I am a gran to one (my oldest and her husband). Underwent total knee replacement surgery at age 39 (March 18, 2009). I had my second knee replaced on May 16, 2016- the day after the Janesville Renaissance Faire.
I'm a former Army brat-then-wife. I grew up on Army bases in Missouri and Alaska (then lived in North Carolina, Kansas, and Georgia as an Army wife).
I started the 365days Self-Portrait project on February 14, 2010. So, I'm on year 10.
July 31, 2013 I missed day 167 of my fourth year. I'm so disappointed in myself!
February 25, 2017, I apparently forgot a day and didn't even realize it till the last week of my 8th year (I start on Valentine's Day because that's the day I discovered the 365days Self-portrait Project).
August 6, 2019, forgot another day. That was the day I was having technical issues with my computer and trying to get my Bristol Ren Faire photos done... no excuse, but that's the reason. I only realized it on October 2nd because the numbers for my birthday didn't line up for the last ten years (Day 232 is my birthday number, unless there's a leap year, then 233).
I ended my 365days journey on February 13, 2020. I felt like that was a nice round number to end on.
January 1, 2021: I started my 11th year of 365days. I took 2020 off and look what happened... I started it up again and look what has happened since... (I'm kidding, but only a little).
I dress in garb and go to renaissance faires. I'm friends with many jousters from
The Jousters. While I photograph everyone, I only cheer for the bad guys! (I also photo-wrangle for several fan pages for faire folks). I'm dear friends with the royal falconers- Sharron and Ray Pena of Flight of the Raptor. In no particular order, here are a bunch of character fan pages, some of whom I admin for and some I do not.
I would appreciate it if you ask my permission before using any of my photos, and of course, giving me credit. If you want to use any of my photos from the Bristol Renaissance Faire, you need to contact the faire directly. Julie McMillin is the contact person.
Of the thousands of ren faire photos I've taken, I like this one most because it was completely spontaneous. I just happened to be in the right spot at the right time and caught this shot. I donated a print of this to the
RESCU Foundation's fundraising auction.
I donate two metal prints each season to the Bristol RESCU Rally. I used to do paper prints, but when I saw how gorgeous AdoramaPix did the metal prints, I started donating them instead. I used to use one faire-related photo and one non-faire photo, but now I do whatever photos strike me- usually macro fine-art style photos (so they appeal to a wider audience).
- JoinedNovember 2007
- OccupationPhotographer [Bristol Renaissance Faire, Janesville Renaissance Faire, A Gathering of Rogues and Ruffians, Stronghold Olde English Faire], product and freelance photographer
- HometownFormer Army brat-then-wife.
- Current citySouthern Wisconsin
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