Hi! I'm so glad you are visiting my website! My name is Lorraine Mortensen. I'm a wife of over twenty years, a mother of two teens, and a photographer. I'm currently homeschooling my two children, which is a full-time job itself, but before I got married and had children, I studied art, and worked in the photography world. My original training was as a photo retoucher. This was in the days before digital photography, when all retouching was done by hand with tiny little paint brushes and special dyes. I started out doing photo retouching, hand coloring, black & white lab processing. Later I trained as a traveling family photographer and worked for short time for a company that specialized in making photo directories for churches.
Once I got married and had children I left the working world and settled down to be a full time mother; however, as a hobby I continued to pursue photography. During these years I loved to create black & white, hand-colored images of my children. Some of my friends saw my photographs and asked me to create portraits of their children as well.
When my oldest child reached school-age I decided to homeschool him, so my budding photography business was put on hold. The next 15 years were very busy! Homeschooling is a full time job, but one that I absolutely loved to do. Homeschooling provides lots of interesting events to photograph, so my camera was kept busy over the years. I even took my own "school" photos of my children. Family life also provided many opportunities for me to practice photography. At family gatherings there is always a need to capture the event. So, even though I didn't pursue my business during these years, my love of photography stayed with me, and my skills continued to grow. Now that my son has graduated and my daughter is in her final years of high school I am once again pursuing my dream of having my own portrait photography business. I love photographing people, especially women and girls of all ages, and families.
I have an insatiable desire to preserve my family memories. This is why I love history, geneaology (family history research), and scrapbooking. Family photography is something that I value very highly, and having professional family portraits taken on a regular basis is extremely important to me. Because of this, you can trust me to treat your family portraits with the importance that they deserve. Your family is precious! The memories are fleeting and they deserved to be preserved not only for you, but also for the generations to come.
I also love art, so creating beautiful images is my goal. I am mainly an on-location, natural light photographer and nothing makes me happier than being outside at sunset taking photographs in the gorgeous, warm sunset light. Because I used to be a handcolorist I also spend extra time using a wide variety of artistic editing techniques because I want your images to have a fine art feel to them, and above all, I want them to be beautiful.
And just for something that has absolutely nothing to do with photography, I'm also a musician. I play piano, clarinet, and...get ready for it...the bagpipes. Yes, you read that correctly. I've been playing the bagpipes since I was nine years old, and played in several different pipe bands for over 20 years. I'm not currently playing with a local band, but I still like to occasionally play for fun. And even though I couldn't convince my children to play the pipes, my daughter became a highland dancer, so I still get to go to highland games and hear the pipes.
So, now that you know a little more about me, please look around at my website and enjoy my photographs. If you want more information or would like to book a session please contact me by phone or email. I look forward to meeting you soon!