About Debra

Hello friend! My name is Debra. I’m happily married, have two teenage boys and two insane cats. I live and work 20 miles outside of Helena, Montana near the town of Winston. I have a background in visual communications and a passion for the creative side of photography. I have always loved children, animals, cameras, shoes, and classic rock.

I create portraits both in studio and on location. I photograph children, high school seniors, expectant mothers, families, couples, and also provide beauty and boudoir images. I believe a photograph is only half finished once I click the shutter. I am highly detail oriented and hand edit each image for my clients. And I believe there is something truly magical about printed photographs.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website and for considering me as your photographer.

Why do I do this?

Sitting here, thinking about why I do this, I was reminded of one of my earliest experiences with a camera.  I was about 10 years old and I was staying at a friend’s home. Her parents had an older 110 camera they let us play with. I remember setting up blankets as my backdrops, selecting clothes and applying a little Chapstick and placing hair bows in the hair of my friend.  I had the best time of my young life having a little photo session.  From then on, I was hooked.  Every time I got my hands on a camera, I was happy as could be.

Growing up in humble means, I don’t recall us having cameras lying around.  While I remember a few Olan Mills sessions early in my life, at a certain point in our struggles, these sessions stopped and after downsizing, we no longer had the wall space to hang our earlier portraits. To this day, I beg family members who have any images of myself, my sisters or my parents to please share them with me. I have so few.

I believe the scarcity of childhood photos coupled with my passion for photography is at the very core of the reason why I do this. Did you know that “children whose parents display family photographs in the home grow up with greater confidence and sense of belonging?” What an eye opener! If you continue to investigate my site or speak with me in person, you will hear me talk about the importance of printing your photos. If I’m being 100% honest with you here, I feel a bit sheepish because I am guilty of possessing thousands of digital images of my children but very few on the walls of my home. Gulp. I bet you too have a ton of photos on discs and/or social media but how many are in your home?  Let’s change that, shall we? Let me help you fill your home with portraits of you, your children, and/or your family. I would truly be honored.