A. I love the Northwest region of the United States. I live in Idaho, so my heaviest concentration of images is from here. I named my business to capitalize upon image needs of this area. The Pacific Northwest has a very diverse landscape. From coniferous forests to wheat fields, rugged mountains, rainforests, seashore, freshwater lakes, grasslands, whitewater rivers, lava flows and desert canyons. Specifically.... I would have to say I like to shoot waterscapes, or anyplace that is new to me. A. I live in a tourist town that is portrayed to the world as a world class resort destination. I was born here and have lived here most of my life. To me it is so much more than the sunny day beach shots that are so often used to represent it. I am inspired to show the beauty of my home through all weather and seasons, and long after the tourists leave. I love my town and my state and I hope to do justice to its beauty through my photography.
Q. What inspires you to take pictures the way you do?
A. I live in a tourist town that is portrayed to the world as a world class resort destination. I was born here and have lived here most of my life. To me it is so much more than the sunny day beach shots that are so often used to represent it. I am inspired to show the beauty of my home through all weather and seasons, and long after the tourists leave. I love my town and my state and I hope to do justice to its beauty through my photography.
Q. What inspired you when you were younger to pursue photography as a profession?
A. I don't know if I ever planned on it being my profession. I knew I loved photography, so I decided to study it in college. There was never any expectation in my family for the girls to be anything other than "stay at home" moms, and I did that for 17 years. I can remember saying I was going to be a photographer, but I don't think I had any idea what that meant.
A. There are things about film that I believe may never be matched in image quality with digital, but I choose digital now for convenience, file delivery to clients and agencies and reduction in cost. Of course I like the instant feedback of knowing whether my exposure was right while I'm still on location. Digital came along after my schooling. Everything about post-processing and the differences between shooting film or digital I have had to teach myself. The conversion has been hard work, but I do like digital more.
Q. What is your favorite object or subject to shoot?
A. I love water...to capture its flowing beauty and reflections, but my favorite would have to be atmospheric scenes. Conditions change so rapidly when trying to shoot a foggy landscape as the sun burns through it. There is a huge adrenaline rush to have a beautiful scene before you and the challenge of capturing it just right...before it is gone. It is usually completely silent and peaceful and is totally therapeutic for the soul. I think you can feel this in many of my images.
Q. How much time and effort do you put into photography in your professional and personal life?
A. My photography business and personal life are completely intertwined. I work full time at my business, Shooting 2-3 days a week, countless hours editing, captioning and keywording, then uploading to various agencies. On top of that I am trying to find time to market my art on a local level. I also handle a various amount of image licenses myself. On a personal level, nothing makes me happier than to go shoot again. Which in turn creates more work for myself. Vacations, even walking the dog, tends to involve photography. In the evenings, if I get bored or can't sleep at night...I sit at the computer and work some more.
Q. If I was trying to become a professional photographer, what advice would you give me?
A. Do what you love and it will show in your work. I can honestly say there are a lot of professional photographers out there who are not "in love" with their work, and sadly it shows in their work. Also, be honest with yourself. Landscape photography is not going to pay the bills unless you are very, very, good at it and at marketing yourself.
Q. Where did you attend college and what degree did you obtain?
Q. Has there ever been a dangerous moment during a photography assignment? If so explain.
A. I am extremely scared of heights...and there have been a couple of times while shooting waterfalls near the edges of cliffs...when I became very dizzy and was too scared to retrace my steps to safety, requiring assistance. I did an assignment shooting grizzly bear habitat, and had to take bear spray...but thankfully saw no bears. I have fallen a couple of times with camera in hand, and always managed to sacrifice the body and save the camera. Most close calls have come in the form of bad drivers going too fast and on the wrong side of a winding mountain road, or me feeling like my lungs are going to explode from hiking a trail beyond my capabilities.
Q. How long have you been a professional photographer?
A. 3 1/2 years now. (2009)
Q. In your opinion, Is there ever a better time to use a "point and shoot" camera rather then a high dollar camera?
Q. Does music inspire your work? If so what kind inspires you the most?
A. I like music, I even played a trumpet allthrough my high school years, but it has no connection to my photography. I like the silence while shooting...just being alone with my thoughts. This is when I do my best work...when I am "in tune" with nature...as corny as that sounds. I seldom even listen to music while doing computer work.
Q. Is photography the only form of art you make/like?