Laurie was born an only child in Kalispell, Montana.
She received her first telescope at age eight and
began a love of the night sky. No matter where her
parents moved, South Dakota, Idaho, Montana, Colorado
and New Mexico the stars of the Northern Hemisphere
were her constant companions. Her first successful
photograph was of the Comet Hale Bopp over the red
cliffs in Sedona, Arizona. With that photograph, she
met one of the men who discovered the comet, Tom Bopp.
He said it was one of his all time favorite
photos of the comet. She was also invited to
show her photography at Astronomy Magazine's 25th
anniversary celebration in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Her photography is exclusively available at the Work
of Artists Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. Besides
being a photographer, she is a long-time radio announcer
and rock & roll program/music director for several
southwest radio stations. Laurie has also worked
in state and city government, education and for Kitt
Peak National Observatory.