Greetings & Salutations
So you want to know a little bit about me. It’s never easy talking about myself, and considering I’m much more comfortable behind my camera than I am speaking in general, this simple task is doubly hard. So here goes it!
Photography is my vocation, my calling, my passion. My heart beats with anticipation of telling a story through my lens. The opportunities to tell these stories have brought me to breathtaking landscapes all over our beautiful state of Montana, and around the world.
My tools are film and digital, and I’ve been shooting professionally for 20 years. It is one of the ways I live out my faith in God, celebrating creation; people, places, heartbreak, and happiness – while serving. When I have a camera in my hands I know I am doing exactly what I was made to do. Seeking those tender, quirky, surprising or hysterical moments allows me to create intimate connections with amazing people and jaw-dropping places.
“We are so happy with the photos Brenda did of our family…she made a chaotic shoot with 7 of us look amazing!”
— Kristy Geislerings
A Little Bit More About Me, Until We Meet In Person
The Photograph I am Most Proud Of
Once I got to do a story about a young woman suffering from a type of epilepsy that caused her to shut down and fall over with no warning. Her mother desperately wanted the story told because they needed help raising funds, but the daughter was painfully shy and hated talking about her condition. My father had suffered from epilepsy. He was lucky and had been able to control his with meds, but I remember one time when he forgot them and had a seizure in public. Those memories helped me connect with this woman. And she opened up. We got the story published, and the community responded generously. The family got the funds for the operation to help her. Those photos changed her life. It’s been many years, and so many stories since, and yet, that is still one story that I am most proud of.
Some Quirky Fun Facts
I love personality tests. I take them rather obsessively, from the Gallup Strengths assessment to those little fun ones that pop up in my Facebook newsfeed. I usually come out as an artist, dreamer or logician and always as an introvert. But there was this one time (when I must have been in one heck of a mood) I was awarded one of the rarest categories (only 0.004% of the population) “Criminal Mastermind” and I was warned that my tendency to plot may end up leading to my downfall. But really, I do strategize. A lot. Hmmm…
The Top Five Photos That Stirred My Soul
NUMBER ONE The light coming into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. I’ve spent decades of my life dreaming of going on pilgrimage to the Holy Land and now that I have finally made my first trip there, it was worth every effort to be in the place and to witness that miraculous light.
NUMBER TWO Seeing the Aurora Borealis for the first time in Glacier National Park. Now that I’ve seen the sky dance, I can completely understand people who travel to the far northern countries for a better look at the wondrous Northern Lights.
NUMBER THREE Sailing in a wooden boat across Lake Ontario. The sound of the waves and ropes and canvas. The way the boat sliced through the waves with only by the wind. It felt like we were not in control at all, but really a part of the storm and the water and fading light. Someday, I am going to go sailing on the ocean. That is my next wish.
NUMBER FOUR Flying over Glacier National Park at sunrise. One year I got to go up over the Park for my birthday, the clouds and light were dramatic and constantly changing. Up there, the words of John Gillespie Magee will perfectly fill your soul. “…and, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod the high interspersed sanctity of space, put out my hand and touched the face of God.”
NUMBER FIVE Totality. The Great American Eclipse gave me my first chance to see a total eclipse of the Sun. It was eerie and powerful and unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. I am already planning where I want to be for the next eclipse in American, which is coming in 2024.