Hey everyone, WELCOME to my blog! As you can probably tell I have quite a conglomeration of information on here. I have been working on developing this website ever since I began the Communications program at BYU-Idaho a little over a year and a half ago. I am totally obsessed and have loved every second of it! There are definitely sections that need updating or at least a little more TLC, but feel free to browse around and see what I have to offer.


READ ON to learn a bit more about me 🙂

My name is Johnna McGarrah. My family moved around quite a bit growing up so explaining where I’m from is always tricky, but I claim Texas. I was born in Houston, Texas, but moved to Schaumburg, Illinois when I was only 18 months old. I spent the next 8 years growing up there in a cute little suburban neighborhood just over 30 minutes outside of Chicago. My family then moved back to the Dallas area in Texas and then back to Schaumburg followed by a few years in College Station, Texas (home of the Texas A&M Aggies… WHOOP!). We then moved again to a town near Boulder, Colorado where I graduated from high school. My parents are empty nesters now and reside permanently (or so they tell me) in McKinney, Texas. I have one little sister named Jillian who graduated from BYU-Provo not too long ago and currently lives in Houston, Texas with her husband Nate.


I had the amazing privilege of serving a mission on Temple Square in SLC from September 2009 to March 2011. My mission completely changed my life and continues to be a source of strength and guidance to me daily. I have been home a little over 3 ½ years now, but I still miss it every single day.


I met my cute husband a few months after I returned from my mission while working as an EFY counselor in San Antonio, Texas. Although we became friends almost instantly I tried to make it clear that he was in the friend zone and would probably always remain there. Four months later I realized that I kind of liked having him around so we began dating exclusively. As they say, the rest is history! We have now been married for almost a year and a half and are happier than ever. We are currently living in Rexburg until we both graduate next year after which we hope to move back down south.


As far as my life at BYU-I goes I am currently a junior majoring in Communications with an emphasis in Visual Comm and I absolutely LOVE it! I changed my major a few semesters ago and feel like I’m finally exactly where I need to be.

I don’t really know what I want to do for a career yet, but I do know that I really love to design on the computer. My favorite program is Adobe Illustrator. I basically like doing anything artistic or that allows me to be creative. Photography is a passion of mine and I had the opportunity to shoot my first wedding over the 7-week break this summer for my step sister Mandy. I also love home décor and am obsessed with decorating and coming up with new artistic projects.


I work in the registration unit within the Student Records and Registration Office on campus and am cherishing the professional experience it provides.


My father inspired my interest in photography from any early age. Ever since I can remember I’ve been taking pictures. When I was younger I had a film camera that I would take with me practically everywhere and fill up the rolls so that I could take it to the store and get my pictures developed. I always had countless boxes of photographs stacked in my closet. I eventually graduated to a digital camera and about a year ago I finally bought a Canon Rebel T3 DSLR. I have taken a basic photography class and a visual media class that have helped spark my creativity and provided me with a solid starting point. I love to spend time experimenting with photographs and often shoot hundreds of pictures to stretch my creativity and discover new perspectives. I have several of the Adobe programs on my computer including Photoshop. I have a basic knowledge of Photoshop and often use it to edit my photographs. However, I definitely spend a lot of time watching YouTube tutorials in order to learn more. I also use iPhoto occasionally to do some quick and simple edits. I am currently taking a Multimedia Video Journalism class as well as an Adobe Premier class in order to develop better video shooting and editing skills. I love everything about visual media!


Creatively I often know exactly how I want the final product to look, but at this point I still lack some of the technical skills to produce the vision I have in my mind. I want to be able to stop relying so much on the automatic settings on my camera by gaining a better knowledge of how my camera works. I also want to learn how to more effectively balance my photography and editing skills in order to translate what I see into a completed physical image. As I complete this course I hope to gain a greater confidence in my abilities as a photographer.

One thought on “Welcome

  1. Hey Johnna! It is good to be in your class again. I am excited to learn so much from Sister Esplin and all that she has to teach us. It is going to be a good semester for sure! I would also take my mom’s film camera and use it to take pictures around my neighborhood of cars. Haha. This will be an exciting semester. I am very excited to learn and grow from Sister Esplin and all the knowledge that she has. You and your husband are very cute 🙂 Great picture of you two!

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