I grew up in the mountains of east Tennessee. I'm a friend, a daughter, a concert-goer, a vegetarian, and a dog-lover. Why does any of that matter? When I take photographs, it's not simply what is in front of the lens that makes a photograph, but what is behind it. My experiences in life are not outrageous or spectacular to any outsider, but to me each passing moment is individually beautiful, and worth being remembered. This is the philosophy I carry with me in trying to capture those moments for others. Anyone can take a picture, but not everybody is equipped with the necessary tools to truly capture a moment in life. Those tools lie far beyond the camera, somewhere in the mountains of east Tennessee.