I wanted to be a photographer since the 4th grade. It's always been a passion of mine. I worked a "normal" job until Keith and I got married in 1996. We started our family in 1997 and I stopped working for a while. Eventually I wanted a part time job , (just to get out of the house:) and thought about how I loved photography as a child. I applied at different portrait studios and was hired at one for 8 hours a week, haha. I instantly started taking classes in lighting, posing and developing film (yes, actual film:). I loved the studio I was at and worked my way up to one of the top photographers and eventually manager. I continued working there and for different photographers around the Quad Cities until Keith and I started our own business, Cast of Thousands Photography in 2009.