Born and grown up in (East-)Germany. Photography classes with Ute Mahler (Ostkreuz Photo School Berlin). Moved to the small town of Bemidji in northern Minnesota, USA, in 2007 where I live with my husband Mark. I teach photography and photojournalism at Bemidji State University (adjunct), and freelance for MPR News. A photographic focus in my work is on people in their environment as well as people’s impact on the natural environment.