Kimberly Ducoté-Schimmel considers herself three things: a photographer, an artist and a teacher.  Often she separates these to fit into a society definition, but in truth they cannot be separated.  Her work starts with a personal vision, a photograph, and a desire to create.  From there she works with the photograph to build the visual content defined by the image itself.  The photograph is a tool, a means to an end, just as a painter uses a brush to create his/her version. 

          Kimberly truly believes great photographs are created from the mundane as well as from the grandeur of our world.  As a photographer, she looks with open eyes and a clear mind.  "A successful photograph is one in which the viewer is forced to pause at something they never noticed before."