In addition to preserving life stories with my custom Heritage Keepers Videos, Photography as Art is my passion.... Capturing and preserving an essence, a moment in time, an idea, a journey, a feeling...
After learning, experimenting & exploring different types of photography I found myself still wanting more... much more... more of an ability to express what I envision...
So, I moved into enhancing and creating pieces in a different style... more than simple images... pieces that are more intriguing, that speak to the heart, soul and mind... one of a kind pieces of Art.
The Creation Process... My Limited Edition and Open Edition pieces are all original images taken by me. Many of my pieces I put through an enhancing and editing process. Some I have incorporated ten or more layers to create a one of a kind piece.
The Journey... I have always had a natural gift for composition and color which has been expressed through different mediums including decorating, hand built pottery, different crafts & music composition.
My interest in photography started was when I was a child. I set up a little darkroom in my closet with a starter photography development kit. Unfortunately, on my salary of zero (I was a child) I could not afford the replacement chemicals. Still my interest remained. So, when I became an adult, and made a little more than zero for a salary, I bought a Minolta film camera (which I still have), some filters, close up lenses and started experimenting with it. My adventure truly was experimental, not knowing what I was doing. It gave me great joy and I had a lot of fun doing it, capturing and creating some cool shots.
After a spur of the moment trip to the Northwest, I was invited to participate in a photo contest with my image of Mt. Rainier Reflection Lake, taken crouched down shooting through the wildflowers with my little point and shoot. I was competing against a lot of beautiful images shot with DSLRs, so I was shocked when they called to tell me I took first place! That catapulted me into becoming more serious about my photography.
Using my little point and shoot I taught myself how to use the limited manual controls. Using the manual controls allowed me to gain more skills, and to create special effects using slow shutter speeds, moving the camera in different directions, etc. It also enabled me to get some difficult shots (such as in dark caverns) and capture some of the compositions I envisioned.
Shortly however, I discovered I was confined to what I could capture with my little point and shoot. I wanted to capture what I saw in my mind's eye. So, biting the bullet, I bought my first DSLR... and... wow! Although a little daunting at first, with learning all the controls and the different aspects of photography, it really opened up a whole new world of what I could capture and create.
Much to my amazement people wanted to purchase my images! Which led to them being shown and sold through galleries in Virginia, where I'm from.
Over the next few years I moved to Florida and continued to explore many different types of photography including weddings, portraits, products, dog competitions, horses, real estate and working at Disney as a photographer and more. I also joined some local photo clubs and served as secretary for one of them for a few years.
Still, I was looking for more...
During the editing process for my shoots I continually felt drawn to create more out of my images, to create something different, unique... manipulating my images into completely different pieces, something more that just simple images. This led me to start creating pieces using multiple layers, sometimes more than ten layers in a piece. I finally found what I was looking for, the ability to create one of a kind Art Pieces!
I have so enjoyed the journey and am so excited to see what tomorrow brings!
Galleries... My work previously has been shown and available through galleries in Virginia however after moving to Florida I discontinued participating in the Virginia galleries. Currently pieces of my work are available at Lakeside Inn's "The Gatehouse" located in Mt. Dora, Florida. Mt. Dora is known for it's premiere arts and crafts festivals, shops and a beautiful, quaint town to visit!
Other Services... Upon request I still offer Select Portrait and Custom Sessions, as well as Life Story Videos. Providing quality work for clients, and the joy it brings them, is extremely satisfying and is one of the things that brings me true happiness in life!
~ Life is a precious gem, the beauty of which shines brighter when shared with another ~
~ Moved by the beauty and wonder of God's creations, I strive to capture the visions I see and share them with others ~