Molly and Justin’s Wedding

November 20, 2009


Each wedding that I’ve done this year has been amazing to be part of, and Molly and Justin’s celebration certainly continued the trend for 2009! 

Thanks for your patience guys 🙂  It was impossible to come up with an edit, I really did have too many favorites to choose from, but I hope it has been worth the wait!


Paws for a Cause

November 19, 2009

This Fall I was lucky to work on not one, but two fundraising calendars for 2010! 

The 2010 Paws for a Cause calendar features 14 Indiana University Law professors and their pets, as a fundraiser for the IU School of Law chapter of the Animal Law Society. The calendars can be ordered at   and make a great gift for any lover of animals, and animal rights.

I can’t imagine my life without my St. Lucia, our amazing rescue kitty who joined the family last Spring. When I was contacted to be part of this project, I couldn’t think of  a more worthwhile cause to contribute to! 

Many thanks to Sarah Varner who recruited me for this project and all of the ALS members who made my work in Indianapolis so enjoyable. And of course, a special thanks to the professors who were so welcoming and willing to be photographed! 

More Fun Than Should Be Allowed…

November 11, 2009



2010 Senior Nick helped me create this great Senior Session recently. Hope you enjoy Nick, and thanks for having so much fun during your shoot!


The 2010 First Farmer’s State Bank Calendar is here!

November 4, 2009


This year I had to honor of working with First Farmer’s State Bank to produce their 2010 Calendar titled “Rural Route”. I spent a good amount of time exploring Delevan, Minier and Bloomington (the locations of the 3 bank branches) and we came up with an edit of 12 images from that work. This has been a wonderful project to be a part of!  The calendar was designed by local graphic designer Dena McDonald, and printed at Alpha Graphics in Bloomington. I just got my copy today and couldn’t be happier with the final results!  

Prints from the calendar are available for purchase for $60. The money is being divided equally to benefit the 4-H clubs of Tazwell and McLean County, and to establish a  photography award for the Illinois State University Student Annual.  

First Farmer’s State Bank has  been a huge supporter of Photography at Illinois State. For the past year ISU students’ work has been featured in their lobby. Now you can see  a few Britten Traughber prints in the lobby, or order one for your home or as a gift and help raise funds for these local organizations! 

Orders can be placed by sending a check to the address below. Please indicate which month you are purchasing, and don’t forget to include where the print should be shipped!

First Farmer’s State Bank

Rural Route Calendar Project

4001 GE Rd.

Bloomington, IL 61704

The images for each month are included below, feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions!  

Open House this Saturday!

November 3, 2009


Herald and Review?

November 3, 2009

I have to thank Bob Holstrom for coming all the way down to Moweaqua to visit the new gallery. I met Bob while speaking at the ROMEO club of Decatur (Retired Old Men Eating Out) when I was making community appearances as Miss Illinois Galaxy 2008.  Bob has been with the Herald and Review since 1948 and has met a good story or a million in his day 🙂 I knew he was on his way to visit the Panama Canal on a cruise, so I was so glad he could fit me in to his schedule before taking such an amazing trip. 

I just found out that the write-up for the studio has been added to the Herald and Review website, and I hope to make a few corrections before the paper is published tomorrow, mostly because I won’t have a chance to clear them up otherwise.  I would hate to give anyone the wrong impression of what this is all about… The question is where do I begin?

First of all, my MFA thesis project about Moweaqua was not an assignment given by the Rural Documentary Collection. This specific program has existed at Illinois State for the past 30 years, headed by photographer Rhondal McKinney. The goal of the RDC is to document life in rural communities, the people, places and surroundings as they grow and change in an ever changing world. I chose Moweaqua not because my family has been here forever, but because I grew up here and my family has always been here. I have literally fell in love again with my hometown by photographing it.

Second of all, I don’t want to attract people to the gallery to be photographed per se. The gallery exists in order to show the work I am making concerning the people and places in Moweaqua today (and for the family portraits that I do as a studio photographer). Anyone who wants to be interviewed has my full attention regardless of the damn gallery. And to correct the quote “Photography will be my career”… photography is and has been my career for the past 8 years. I don’t teach and make work for my health. I do it because I love it.  

Also, I would like to state for the record that I was never a waitress in Brazil. Dear lord, I wish I had!  Nor do I ramble my stupid accomplishments from the past 10 years like a laundry list (by the way, I was also a wreath maker at 4-Es Christmas Trees, a jewelry girl at Von Maur and a translator at ADM… did I leave anything off my resume?). I had hoped this interview would be about the work, the town, the gallery to show the work… and in a way, it touches on those aspects. 

Finally, this work did not come to me “suddenly” as I have spent the past 6 years photographing in the Midwest. Thousands of negatives, countless hours in the car. It has been a slow, dedicated artistic process of creating a body of work that I am dedicated to with all my heart and soul, that I hope people connect with and that I hope does some good to bring light to an amazing period and place in our strange world. 

It’s not that I’m disappointed by the article, I just think it misses the point. Our conversation was about the artwork, about the community. I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea, and that’s where the artist in me loses out to the small town girl in me. I still do worry about what people will think.

And by the way Herald & Review, if you need a writer and photographer interested in the Midwest while Bob is on his cruise, I’m for hire.

Halloween Portraits Day 2

November 1, 2009

Halloween was a great day at the studio, we had visitors all day and gave away a lot of candy. Thanks again to everyone who came in, we will have prints ready this week for you to pick up!