Since I was a child, I’ve always related to nature. My dad used to take me bird watching and it became a part of me.
Growing up in Massachusetts and now living in my 5th wheel, I’ve been drawn to wildlife photography and, in particular, birds. I sometimes get so enamored by nature that I actually miss capturing the photograph. That means I must visit a place several times. First to get the feel for the place and then to capture it. Nature brings me such joy and peace and I strive to convey that in my work.
Part of the challenge of being a wildlife photographer is being at the right place at the right time. Getting out often is essential because I’ll never get a great picture if I don’t get out!
One time, in Yellowstone National Park, I waited for hours listening to wolves howling, but I never set eyes on one. Other days, it all comes together and I am blessed with some of the most amazing shots!
One of the things I like the best about my work is observing how people respond differently to the same image. For example, a black and white photo can evoke feelings of coldness, severity, peacefulness, calmness, relaxation, or even, violence. I love listening to people sharing their feelings about my art.
Most wildlife photographers are men. Being a woman, I think I bring a feminine eye to wildlife. Maybe it’s that I have a different eye; or that I try different angles to get a special view; or maybe I just see the simple beauty of an animal in its element. Whatever the reason, people are right when they tell me “I can tell you love your job.” And I do!
Nature is my playground no matter the season. Go out and enjoy it!
I know many folks are curious about my gear. Well, I shoot with a Nikon D7100 and my two most used lenses are a Sigma 17-70 and Nikon 80-400. I recently added a Tokina 11-16 for those wider landscapes. There’s always more gear to be had, but sometimes it’s nice to keep it simple and travel light. Of course, if I am on a photography trip, I always carry several extra batteries and memory cards. I will even bring a second body just in case. If you don’t have one, rent one. I rarely, if ever, use filters on my lens, but occasionally a polarizer or ND filter is nice to have.
A tripod is a must for some landscapes and I also love my Feisol tripod. I have the Feisol Tournament CT-3442 Rapid 4-Section Carbon Tripod that supports 55 lbs coupled with a Really Right Stuff ballhead BH40 and an L clamp. The L clamp makes landscape to vertical switches faster and easier. I love them both. Light enough to hike with and compact enough to travel relatively easy.
Awards, Honors and Exhibitions:
Art of the State 2016, Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO, January – March 2016
Black and White and Metal, 40 West Art Gallery, Lakewood, CO, December 2015
Selected by special invite to be part of the Colorado State Capitol Wonders of Nature exhibition, August-November 2015
Best of Photography, High Peaks Art Festival, Nederland, CO, June 2015
Merit Award, Gilpin County Juried Art Show, Central City, CO, June 2015
Mayor’s Choice Award, Wonders of Nature, 40 West Art Gallery, Lakewood, CO, May 2015
2nd place, Gilpin County Juried Art Show, Central City, CO, June 2014
Honorable mention, Gateway to the Rockies Art Show, Aurora, CO, October 2013
1st place, Patriotic Art Show, Westminster, CO, July 2012
Merit Award, North Metro Arts Alliance Exhibit Westminster, CO, March 2012