age 5, Leah was encouraged and motivated by her grandmother
use of a camera. Her first camera, a Kodak 110, got used and abused
through hundreds of rolls of film. Leah began by capturing her family
and farm animals on film, and continued taking joy in photography
through high school. An inspirational workshop taught by Nancy Jane
Reid of Newport, OR, helped Leah learn to look for and understand the
elements of a good photograph, and inspired her to experiment further.
The opportunity to really put it into practice came about when Leah
became the cheif photographer for the Toledo High School Yearbook and
newspaper during her senior year (advancing to a Cannon AE-1). She then
convinced some friends to
allow her to take their senior portraits, adding to her portfolio and
increasing her experience level. College was next, and Leah pursued her
degree in natural resources communications -- never ceasing to take
photographs, but doing so in a "watered-down" manner.