If you ever see me out and about with my camera, you'll know immediately, I'm in my happy place. You'll see me with a big smile on my face, and I just know that I'm where I'm supposed to be.
I've loved photography and capturing events, moments and places for as long as I can remember. I've always been the one taking photos at any outing, and for my birthday one year, my friends got together and got me one of the first digital cameras ever released. It was basically a small brick with such low resolution, that every picture was grainy. But I didn't care. I loved that camera. I loved the freedom it gave me to capture the world around me and see my results immediately. A few years later, I bought my first DSLR and ventured into the world of learning to use my camera in manual when photographing my daughter's volleyball games. No more auto for me. After that, I was hooked.
A few cameras and adventures later, I found that I absolutely love bringing the world around me to life through my photos. Though my real job often gets in the way, I shoot and travel as often as possible. Many days I'll stop for sunrise on my way to work, go out to a local park at lunch to shoot, and stop for sunset on my way home. And, I'm never happier.
Living in Virginia, most of my subjects are close by or in neighboring states, and the NC beaches and mountains are among my favorites. I live in the middle of Civil War country, so you'll often find me on a battlefield for sunrise or sunset. I volunteer with the American Battlefield Trust as one of their Distinguished Photographer Corp. I never was a big history buff growing up, but now that I'm photographing these sacred lands, I've found a new appreciation for our country and what our soldiers endured.
But, as much as I like shooting my local area, I've found that traveling to beautiful, scenic, locations is what makes me feel alive. I'm lucky to be married to a wonderful guy who is often the first to suggest a trip for me to take photos. He's patient when I have to take "just one more shot", and is always on the lookout for something interesting for me to photograph. We love to travel with our two golden retrievers (and grown kids when possible). Photography has made empty nesting much less lonely.
Traveling has taken on new meaning, and through my photography I've developed a love and appreciation for nature that I didn't have before. I try to capture what I'm feeling when I see the amazing vistas and scenes before me, and hope they bring you as much happiness as they do, me.