Welcome to my site!

I was raised on Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, and graduated with a B.A. from Middlebury College, Vermont, in 1974, and went on to receive master’s degrees in environmental studies and special education.

As a young adult, I spent many hours exploring the magic of photography and developing images in the darkroom. Today, I use my photography as a springboard for storytelling.

I serve on the non-profit board of The Nature Conservancy of Montana. In addition to hiking, golfing, traveling, and exploring, my husband, Jeffrey Schutz, and I love playing with our children, grandchildren, extended family, and friends. We divide our time between our ranch outside Clyde Park, Montana, and our home in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina. 

The Faces of Local Food: Celebrating the People Who Feed Us  addresses why we should eat local. We step into the world of farmers, fishermen and ranchers; chefs and retailers to hear their stories—histories, motivations, experiences, challenges, and insights. We visit an urban food desert, school farm programs, a high-tech vertical farm housed within a shipping container, and the warehouse of a local food hub. 

It is my intention that through the perceptive insights we glean from these fifty-two narratives, The Faces of Local Food will be a catalyst for a paradigm shift in the way we understand and value our food producers; it will encourage the creation of the local infrastructure necessary to successfully move food from family farms to our plates—effective crop planning, marketing, and distribution services; and it will inspire us to purchase locally sourced foods and support our local farmers.  (for more information, see the Book Section of this website.)

The images and prose in Visions and Voices: Montana’s One-Room Schoolhouses tell the story of childhood, education, homesteading, and the culture of the Western Frontier through the eyes of those who attended or taught in rural one-room schoolhouses.    

The macro photography from Kirby’s Journal: Backyard Butterfly Magic inspires children of all ages to go outdoors, watch inquisitively, and share the wonders and magic of nature.  The North American Nature Photographers Association chose ten insect photographs from Kirby’s Journal for presentation at their 2010 Annual Summit show.  

In both the Cow’s Boy: The Making of a Cowboy, and its sequel the Cow’s Girl, my photography is wedded to the prose of daily life, drawing the picture of childhood on a family ranch. 

Charlton deSaussaure’s Cottages and Architects of Yeamans Hall is accompanied by my photography.

My husband, Jeffrey Schutz and I divide our time between our ranch outside Bozeman, Montana, and our home in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these books or photographs, please contact me.