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Date published: 1/11/2012

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(EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been updated from its originally published version. The name of the business has changed.)

FAMILY: Married to Tim Criswell, and we have two daughters, Madison, 15, and Lucy, 3.

EDUCATION: High school and various college photography classes.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? I always wanted to work with animals, either as a zoologist or a veterinarian.

FIRST JOB: Worked at People's Drug Store in Westwood Shopping Center and then for CVS when they purchased the company.

HOW DID YOU END UP OWNING MADDILU STUDIOS? I started out doing wedding photography for five years. There was a lot that goes on in that business that I grew tired of, dealing with customers looking for lower quality and prices, the long hours post-processing (toning, cropping, editing). On the side I was photographing animals and decided to move in that direction full time.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU'RE WRESTLING WITH NOW? Getting people on board with the importance of pet photography! We love and treat our pets as if they are members of our families, so shouldn't they be memorialized as such? Sadly our pets are with us for such a short time and in that time they give us absolutely all of themselves. I feel that having a beautiful portrait of them for all the years to come is something that people will never regret doing!

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD CHANGE ABOUT YOUR JOB? I honestly can't think of one thing. I love my clients, I love how being with them makes me feel, I love that am able to do what I love. That may sound cheesy, but it is the absolute truth.

WHO WAS AND IS YOUR HERO? My grandfather, and he still is. He is the reason I became a photographer and I think about him every time I process a photo. He was a professional photographer in the Army, then he went on to be a medical photographer at St. Elizabeth's Hospital and was also a wedding photographer. I feel that he is with me on the shoots and I know that he would be so excited that I followed in his footsteps. Sadly, he passed away before I started doing photography professionally.

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