I was born and raised in Minnesota, which is where I currently reside with my husband and two cats. Overall, I am a huge MN sports fan, however, my heart lies with MN Twins baseball. A good board game or cribbage match is also an excellent way to spend an evening. Yet if given a choice, hands down, I would choose traveling anytime over any other activity. I started traveling when I was about 8 years old and I haven't (& don't plan to) stop.
I guess you could say my passion for traveling is what led me to my love of photography. Creating new experiences and capturing those moments makes me feel invigorated. I never envisioned myself starting a photography business but it felt right so I just went for it and here I am!
If you are reading this, thank you for helping to support me in this journey.
Why Glass Bottle?
When trying to decide upon a name for my business I wanted something with meaning. Something that would represent what I believe in and what is important to me, but no matter how many ideas I tried out, nothing seemed right. It wasn't until I literally had one hour to decide that it finally came to me: Glass Bottle.
The glass bottle used in my logo was the inspiration for my business’ name. Here’s the story of that bottle and what it means to me:
A few years back I met an extraordinary individual. I didn’t know it at the time but she would become someone I am proud and honored to call my friend. Early on, as coworker’s chit-chatting through a cubicle wall, she told me about two glass bottles. Years before we met, my friend had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. One day, in a box on her doorstep, she received her first two rounds of at-home chemotherapy pills; each of which came in a brown glass bottle. With a dramatic flourish she explained that it felt like her medication was coming from a velvet-clad apothecary or powerful sorcerer. I think maybe it gave a sense of mystery and adventure in an otherwise dismal situation. But sadly, each subsequent delivery contained her medication in modern, orange, run-of-the-mill plastic bottles. No frills or magical forests to get swept away in. Even though they never came again she had always kept those first two glass bottles.
Fast forward about a year after I was told this story. My friend’s tumor came back and she took time off from work to undergo new treatments. I missed seeing her on the almost daily basis I had become accustomed to. But I was lucky enough to spend some time with her where we followed radiation waiting rooms with the much more pleasant environment of cute corner coffee shops. This went on for a short time but true to my friend’s amazing and fighting spirit she beat down that tumor again. Eventually she returned to work and our chatter through cubical walls resumed. One morning, she told me she had brought me a present. She opened up her bag and pulled out one of her two glass bottles. I knew what it was the moment I saw it because there was something about that story she had told me over a year prior that had stayed with me (maybe her enthusiasm or excitement of wizardry). She had thought of me and chose to share one of two glass bottles that had meant enough to her to have intentionally kept them since their original receipt. I’m sure I must have been glowing because it made me smile from the inside out. What I’m confident was a seemingly small, and maybe even meant to be a silly, gesture on her part, left an impression on me.
For me, Glass Bottle represents friendship, kindness, thoughtfulness, and the unknown power each of us holds that can impact the people around us. For good or bad, I believe it can be the smallest of acts that can often leave the most lasting impressions.