I started this blogsite to practice my writing skills, show off my photo skills, and market myself and my photography website. Ultimately, I have discovered other photographers’ images and some wonderful writing by other bloggers.
I’m a Montana girl. I was born about 20 miles outside the western entrance to Glacier National Park. Over the years, I have migrated from Montana to Kentucky to Louisiana to Washington State to Idaho back to Montana and now down here to Texas. Someday, I’ll be back out in the mountains.
My father was a photographer. He used his Mamiya twin lens camera to take awesome black & whites of the Montana landscape. I inherited my love of the medium from him, and began my photography career in earnest with a Pentax SLR purchased while still in high school. I bought my first digital camera (a HP 2MP point-and-shoot) back in 1999. After that, I never looked back to film.
I’ve used both Nikon and Canon cameras, and I currently own one Canon 5D Mark II body, a Canon 5D Mark III body, and my prize Canon 1-DX cody along with several lenses (70-200mm f2.8L II, 24-105mmL, 85mm f1.2L, 16-35mmL, 50mm f1.2L, 40mm f2.8 STM pancake, 24-70mmL II, and 200-400mmL). I’m a full-frame kind of gal as most of my prints are enlargements of 16 x 24 or larger. I also do a fair bit of cropping with some of my photos, so I want that extra resolution which a full-frame camera can provide.
I wish I’d owned a digital camera when I was living in Seattle….but they didn’t have digital cameras for the mainstream back then – hell, I don’t know if they even had developed digital cameras at that time. I do vaguely remember reading about the possibility of someday using a digital camera and my response was “jeesh – who’s gonna use a digital camera?”.
I have a “day job” and my photography is a “night job”, a sideline, a serious hobby, and a passion. While I will probablybe working for a few more years at the day job, my dream is to go beyond that. In my efforts to get the ball rolling, I’ve set up a photo website , this photo-oriented blog, and a Facebook Page in addition to publishing several journals, weekly planners, and coffee table books on Blurb . I also have a Zazzle storefront site where I sell calendars and greeting cards.
I’m a Getty Images Contributor and also contribute to a monthly column on the National Parks Traveler website. In addition to those two items, I am the staff photographer for The Merchant Prince, a vendor out at the Texas Renaissance Festival. I photograph landscapes, portraits, weddings, families and other events. I’ve also photographed a couple of Colombian dance troupe called the Colombian Orchid Ballet (check them out on Facebook ) as well as the C.A.F.E Dance Company, and have shot a portfolio for an aspiring fashion model and some promos for a belly dancer. I’m working hard at being the best I can at the many different facets of photography. I’m what you would call a semi-professional photographer; I’ve made a little bit of money from my work but I won’t be quitting my day job anytime soon.
I’ve done some traveling, both domestic and international (London and Ireland). I’ve visited places and parks in Colorado, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Montana, Kentucky and Texas. At heart, I’m a Mountain Girl and someday will return to the West with my cameras, my laptops, my internet, my burr grinder and coffee beans, and my NPR (that’s National Public Radio – yes, I am a Liberal and proud of it).
Fleshing out who I am, I thought I would list a few of my favorite things:
the first three Star Wars movies (the “classics”)
the Indiana Jones movies
Harry Potter – both the books and the movies
John Williams music for movie soundtracks
Lord of the Rings
all of the CSI shows
sticky toffee pudding
Red Breast Irish whiskey
A pint of Guinness served in Ireland
Dunluce Castle and Giant’s Causeway
Ireland, London, Colorado, Montana,Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, Utah
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Mt. Rainier National Park, WA
Glacier National Park, MT
Astral Reflections Horoscope site (I’m an Aries) http://www.astralreflections.com/index.html
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Canon L lenses
graduated ND filters
the scent of pine / juniper/ cedar / sage
Pike Place Market in Seattle
Washington State ferries
the color Red
my Honda Fit
Ok, enough! By now, you should have a much better idea of Me. Probably more of an idea than you bargained for or even wanted to know.
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