Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, as a kid I would get in trouble for stealing my mom's camera and using up all the film. In high school, I joined yearbook strictly so I could have a photography outlet. In college, I majored in engineering (I'm still confused how I landed on that one); however, I took one semester off to complete a program called Semester At Sea (SAS). It is essentially a floating college campus that travels the world. During my months as a student aboard the MV Explorer boat, once again I joined yearbook and followed around the hired professional photographer, who was the head of the yearbook team, soaking up all the knowledge he could give me. After college, I worked as an engineer and analyst for a few years. It wasn't until I quit my job and moved overseas that I started to really study photography. By study, I mean read books on photography, take workshops, and practice as much as possible. At that point, my fling with photography was cemented as an obsession. With that obsession, I traveled as much as I was able and met some amazing people and fellow photographers on those journeys. And at some point along the way, my photography obsession turned into a serious hobby and shortly afterwards into a profession.
Currently, I'm using a combination of Nikon and Sony camera equipment. With Nikon, I'm shooting with a D750 body along with three main lenses: Nikon 16-35mm f/4, Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8, and a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8. Additionally, I shoot with a Sony AR7 III body and 90mm f/2.8 macro, 16-35mm f/2.8, 24-70mm f/2.8, and a 70-200 f/2.8.
The question really needs to be "is it easy being a photographer?". The answer to both is no, my friends, it ain't easy. In general, photography is essentially a culmination of failures. Nature and landscape photography is mastering a skill that heavily depends on location, weather, time of year, and sometimes literally having the stars aline. It is going out and taking photos time and time again in an effort to tell your story through one single image. So I dodged the question. Coming from the engineering world into photography, I am used to a male dominated workplace. With that said, being female in that environment has helped me stand out. I may have had to prove myself and my capabilities, but I'm okay with being tested. With photography, I have been lucky to have mentors that simply viewed at me as a photographer. In addition to mentorship, I genuinely love nature, hiking, the outdoors, and macgyvering situations. All of which is important when you're out and Mother Nature decides to throw her weight around.
A pocket knife (checked luggage of course), a garbage bag, and duct tape.
All my images are housed in Adobe Lightroom for organizational purposes. Anyone who knows me personally, knows how much I adore organization! For initial and global edits, I will often use Adobe Lightroom. For more selective edits, I will use any or all of the following: Adobe Photoshop, Tony Kyper's TKActions Panel, Nik Collection by DxO, On1 Photo RAW and/or Skylum Luminar.
Currently, I teach local photography workshops and seminars through local art centers in Pennsylvania. I am available for hire for landscape photography workshops and for planning European photography excursions.
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