“Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have always loved photography. I used to look at work of others, and think to myself, “I wish I could do that”. I got my first dslr camera back in 2009 and started studying how to use it. I took some pretty decent pictures too. But then life happened, and the passion and the dream were moved to the back burner, and the spark almost died out. Almost, but not quite. There was just enough of the dying ember left so that about a year and a half ago, the little bit of ember reignited the spark, and the spark grew into a flame. So I began dreaming, and saving money, and researching cameras. I finally decided on the camera I wanted and continued to save until I had enough money to buy exactly what I wanted. Along the way, I was tempted at times to buy something cheaper just so I could start taking pictures, but I had determined that I wasn’t going to settle for anything less than my dream camera…the camera that would allow me to take the kind of pictures I wanted to take, once I learned how. It was one year ago, on January 18th, that I finally walked into National Camera Exchange, and walked out with my dream camera. It was a surreal moment. And when I walked out of the store that day, a new journey, that I couldn’t even imagine yet, had begun.
The journey over this past year has brought me amazing experiences, which I am going to begin to share here in the upcoming weeks. The journey has brought new people into my life, some of whom are very dear friends that I love so much. The journey has fueled my soul and renewed my spirit. The journey has brought me knowledge, so that now when I go out to shoot, the settings that I use have become second nature, and my camera has become an extension of my soul and a connection to the world around me…a connection to the wildlife and landscape that I love to capture in images. Through my camera lens, I see and feel their spirit and soul.
At first, sharing my pictures on social media was enough. But then I began asking, what am I really doing this for. I love spending time in nature. I love taking pictures. I love the animals. I love the thrill of seeing new things that I wouldn’t ever have gone out to look for, but what am I going to do with it all. I posted the question on FB, and my friend Tom Alvarez, who is an amazing artist, reached out to me and said “we need to do coffee”. From that initial meeting, I have come to this place. Taking small steps, but steps forward none the less. One step at a time, and learning as I’m going. The first big step has been setting up my website, which again, I could not have done without Tom’s help. The next step in this process is the creation of my photo cards, which I am now ready to share.
These cards are 5”x7” with my pictures on the front and my logo on the back and individually packaged in a cellophane wrap. Blank inside, for you to create your messages to share with others. Each one has been created by me, by hand. It’s a labor of love, and it is amazing to see something tangible created from a dream and a vision, and it has been, not work, but a pleasure to create these and put them together, adding my signature, love and dream to each one. These are available for sale… $3.25 each, or 3 for $9.00. If anyone is interested in purchasing, please send me a message through my contact page. However, if I never sell a single card, or a someday, a single print, there is satisfaction in seeing what my dream has led me to create, and that is what this is all about.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read, and for letting me share.❤️
“Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”