rain - kite: noun - A whimsical, made-up word that means umbrella.
When choosing a business name, I wanted something unique that reflected my personality. Something that represented the type of photography that I wanted to create. Not too serious, but not silly. Something unique and timeless. Something that was inspired by the love for my own children.
And in walked a "rain kite" - literally. My oldest son (Aidan, then 6) walked into their brainstorming session carrying an umbrella. But let's back track, when my kids where toddlers, they called umbrellas "rain kites." And using that special made-up word seemed like the perfect way to incorporate family, the innocence of childhood and fun into my photography. During every session, my goal is to help you capture the "RainKite moments" in your life and embrace the whimsical nature of my subjects.
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It all began back in the 1980s with a Kodak disc camera...I used to borrow my mom's camera and take (terrible) pictures all the time. But with practice I got better. I rode my bike to the library and read every book that I could find on photography. Then, in high school, I was the photographer for the yearbook and school newspaper. The chemistry of developing and printing your own images was exhilarating. I was on a mission.
I received a full-ride scholarship to Missouri State University (Go Bears!) - and started off as an Art major. But I second guessed myself and switched to Communications/PR half-way through. (My advice to anyone in school, don't get the degree you think is practical. Get the degree that you want!)
For several years I worked in corporate America, but it wasn't my jam. After I had my first baby, my goal was to reinvent my life and pursue the creative arts. So slowly, but surely...RainKite was created. In 2007, I officially opened my business with my best friend Janelle Ringgenberg in Kansas City. Now it's a new era solo in New England. And life is good. (Although RainKite will never be the same without my partner-in-crime Janelle!)
I'm obsessed with good coffee.
I'm very sentimental.
Some say I horde magazines and books.
I'm married with three kids.
Random ability to memorize trivia.
I think libraries are magical.
I grew up in Arkansas.
Lived in KCMO for 22 years.
Started a new life in New Hampshire in 2017.
Can't get enough lobster rolls.
I love to travel.
My teenagers drive me insane.
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