Cindy was born in Freeport, Illinois.  She took up photography as a hobby in 1978.  Upon purchasing her first digital camera in 2006, she became more serious about her photography and is now a full-time flower and garden photographer.  She received a BFA degree in 2013 and a Master Gardener certification in 2019. Her work has been published in multiple books, magazines, and newspapers. She has won numerous awards, both nationally and internationally, including 5 awards in the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition, in England. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US and Europe. She lives in Rockton, Illinois with her husband of 41 years, Larry. They have two daughters and two grandchildren.