Born and raised in New York and Massachusetts, Verna was introduced to photography at an early age by her father, an enthusiastic and talented amateur. From her Dad she learned the subtleties of composition, technical aspects of the SLR and the magic of the darkroom. He instilled in her a spark of passion for telling stories with pictures that has never been extinguished.
Verna graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and for a number of years successfully navigated the world of corporate retail. A job offer at Target brought her to the Minneapolis area where she has remained. Photography continued to be her companion, but not her vocation. As that spark of passion began to burn hotter, she closed the corporate door behind her, grabbed her camera and walked away, never looking back.
Initially she contracted with a local Women’s Press, allowing her the opportunity to travel to national events and hone her photo journalistic skills. She has had worked published in all the local newspapers, USA Today, MN Bride, and The Knot.
Verna’s extended portfolio includes manifold photo ventures ranging from wildlife and landscapes to editorial and portraiture.
She sought out the best in the world to learn from, revered professionals, Magnum photographer, David Alan Harvey and Pulitzer Prize winners. She has been on staff at the famed Foundation Workshop, known to be the toughest photojournalism workshop for wedding photographers, for the past five years.
While the majority of her work is solicited by regional clientele, she has photographed weddings in many areas of the U.S as well as internationally.
“My heart yearns to show you what your love looks like, how your family loves one another, how precious you are to each other. I delight in making images of the real moments in your lives that tell your story.”
Photo by Luis Garvan