How did you get into photography?
I always had a passion for being both in front of and behind the camera. Following this passion eventually lead me to the Rocky Mountain School of Photography. I was in a new environment, surrounded by wonderful and creative people. My joy for photography continued to grow, in particular I loved the ability to capture moments. I had more experience being a model at this point, so being in control of the images was exhilarating.
After some time, most of my photographs were still of family and I needed to find new subjects. A man once told me, "Take a photograph of yourself every day for a year." This was the advice that finally allowed me to master photography. I never edited these self-portraits. I felt it was important to see the beauty in myself just the way I was at each moment.
How would you describe your personal style?
Classic. But a little bit bohemian, which makes it sort of eclectic. I don't wear any synthetic material—I stick to linen, cotton and cashmere. I prefer solids and stripes—so classic! It's important to be comfortable in what we're wearing because that is when we're most confident and feel our best.
Sometimes really classic looks can feel intimidating. That's not what I go for. I'm not into trends, I look for classic silhouettes, cuts and colors, and keep it all understated in a really timeless way. I have things from 30 years ago that I still wear, like belts or Hermes scarves. I really make sure I care for my things well so that they last.
What has been your biggest or most meaningful accomplishment?
I always wanted to be a mother. Growing up in a family where my own mother worked, it made me want to stay at home and raise a family. I was a flight attendant for several years and at 25 got pregnant. This was during the 1960s when birth control and women's empowerment were really coming into their own, so the idea of being a stay-at-home mom felt a bit against the grain of what my peers were doing.
But being a mother has been more fulfilling than I ever could have imagined. I find inspiration in my family for everything I do.
What is one piece of style advice?
Invest in good pieces that you love and feel great wearing. I often purchase men's button up shirts or men's linens because I like the quality and fit. I don't mind wearing the same cocktail dress ten times to ten parties if I feel great in it.