The last eight months have been busy and equal parts challenging and exciting. I'm settling into my new life in Portland and working full-time as a retoucher at a truly excellent studio here in town, learning lots of new skills and tricks in Photoshop. 

I have mixed feelings about online social networks, but my new friends at work finally convinced me to start an Instagram account, and I wanted to tell you about it here. I used to be one of those photographers who thought they were too good to take photos with their phone. "I'm a photographer, I'll use my SLR," was my motto. However, I have to say that I've been having a wonderful time using Instagram! I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself to make great images, and shooting with my phone is really inspiring me to focus less on technical perfection and just have fun with photography again. I like to see what interesting, pretty, or strange things I find in the process of living my life, and post them without feeling like I have to create a masterpiece.

So without further ado, I'd like to invite anyone reading this to check out my Instagram feed and follow me! You can find me at