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About Me (and You)

 

Are you an art lover? 

Then I'm a professional photographer whose work you can purchase here on my website, at Gold Country Artists Gallery in historic downtown Placerville, California, or at various regional art shows.  

I'm inspired by animals, movement, shape, light, and color.  I aim to depict subjects being their most natural and authentic selves; this applies equally to people, domestic animals, and wildlife.  My knowledge of animal behavior guides my approach, with the goal of creating both deeply personal portraits, as well as iconic, symbolic representations. 

I began working with film photography at an early age, gradually transitioning to digital.  I'm largely self-taught, but I have sought out mentors, education, and inspiration at every turn, and I also took what I learned in some art history education and applied it to photography as a way to understand light, color, and composition. 

 

Are you a photographer? 

Then I'm your coach, the one to help you reach your goals and improve your skills, the one to encourage you when you need it.  I bring a background in teaching, as well as business, to the table, and have created two successful businesses from scratch.  I understand the creative process as well as the business one, and I know what you struggle with.

Want to know about photography techniques?  How to photograph horses or dogs?  How to get creative with your camera settings?  How to understand and use natural light?  How to find your style?  Portfolio review and critique?

Or maybe you are a more advanced photographer who needs help on the business side of things.  Marketing tips?  Business set-up?  In-person sales?  Pricing?   

It's all fair game.  Check out my listings for workshops/tours, or contact me for one-on-one mentoring.

Or are you just curious about me?

Tumbling around with a litter of warm, soft puppies on the cool grass is one of my earliest memories, and critters of all kinds filled my early years.  I should have known then that a career with animals was my destiny.  Instead, a job as a French teacher/professor, and later a stint as a Human Resources manager, sidetracked me for a few years.  I loved teaching, but didn't want to stay in academia, and I certainly didn't belong in the corporate world.  I finally woke up to the possibility of being self-employed, and making my living working with animals, and the rest is history, as they say. 

I built a successful dog boarding and training business (Sierra Dogs), still going strong, and over time I turned my photography passion into a business as well, initially doing custom portraits of dogs, horses, and their people, and later expanding to include my other inspirations, primarily wild horses and western life, as well as other wildlife and beautiful settings around the world, and moving into fine art photography.  I photograph anything and everything which interests or inspires me. 

 

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