Tumbleweed Tillie blew into Arizona during the great dust storm of 2007. She ran up against a Saguaro and decided to stick around. Since that time her name has been ranked up there with Calamity Jane, Belle Starr, Big Nose Kate, and Annie Oakley. Not really, but it sounds just terrific.
Tillie began her photography career at the Stagecoach Stop in Brooklyn, Michigan. For 7 years she plied her trade, creating old time, sepia-toned photographs of various Midwestern tourists who had always dreamed of being a cowboy or gangster, saloon girl or gun moll. When the opportunity presented itself to take photos of genuine western characters in Arizona, she jumped at it. She saddled up her trusty rental truck and headed west.
Setting up shop in Phoenix, Tillie began to make a name for herself as a skilled and patient photographer of children and adults. She dressed, posed, and shot sepia photos of them to be cherished keepsakes of their visit. Her work is greatly admired within the Old West and Civil War reenactment communities for her ability to capture the action and essence of whatever subject she draws a bead on and shoots.
She has embarked on a new photography venture. She has put together a traveling studio, with which she attends Western Festivals and events to offer her sepia portraits for sale. She has appeared at such venues as the National Festival of the West in Scottsdale, Mesa Old West Days, The Gathering of Gunfighters in Yuma, The Rock Springs Cafe in Black Canyon City, and DR Buck’s Wild Western Festival at various locales around the state, to name just a few, and continues to seek out other new and exciting places to work. Have Camera will Travel (without the black outfit).