A life in pictures • In 2008, when Schmidt was still perfecting her craft, her mother experienced a recurrence of cancer. “I decided to make a necklace that year for her 60th birthday with 60 photos from throughout her life — film snippets — that I placed in 60 tiny bubbles,” Schmidt says. “She loved it.” Her mother died a few weeks later.
“My dad, Edward Schmidt, always had a camera around his neck and took lots of photos when I was growing up,” she says. “He’s an artist, a painter and my interest in film probably comes from him.”