My mother made my clothes when I was a child.  She took me to the fabric store where I would pour through the big, bulky pattern books until I landed on the perfect look.  Then off to the fabric shelves to choose the perfect fabric, trim or buttons. She created so many memorable outfits for me and I still have my favorite dress.  It is a lavender peasant dress with large bands of embroidered flowers.  The fabric was very expensive, and I can still see my mother and the store owner laying out the pattern on the fabric so that we bought the absolute minimum needed.  I didn't realize it at the time, but now that I look back, the experience I had with her in that fabric store gave me a sense of control, it was a creative outlet and the outcome gave me confidence when I wore it.  

So I guess that is where my attraction to vintage clothing comes from.  Every time I see a piece from the past, I see the unique details that identify it with another time and I wonder about the person who wore it.  

Photography is a collaborative process, much like the one I had with my mother.  You find talented makeup & hair stylists, wardrobe stylist and models as well as helpful assistants.  There's nothing more satisfying to me than when the group comes together and we create something that was locked away in my mind.  

I studied photography at The Portfolio Center in Atlanta.  I've been shooting for 30+ years and still enjoy it.  Images usually come to me around 4:30am - 5:00am, that's my sweet spot!  It never gets old. The vintage clothes are not the most important element to me, it's the creative process that really turns me on.  That's what brings me back to those days with my mother, collaborating in the fabric store.