“Art isn't a result; it's a journey. The challenge of our time is to find a journey worthy of your heart and your soul.” -Seth Godin
My journey into my heart and soul began around age 10 when I was completely captivated by horses. Although my parents thought it would be a phase, I knew differently - and I shaped my entire life to be focused on the horse and a career in the equine field. From a B.S. in equine science, to teaching on a college faculty, to managing a training and competition barn of 80 horses while maintaining my own clientele, I followed my passion with horses wherever it took me.
When my husband was transferred to remote Alaska with the United States Coast Guard, I started exploring other areas of interest as there were no longer enough horses to keep me occupied for 15+ hours/day. I pursued education in photography through classes, workshops, reading, and anything else I could get my hands on.
Alaska was an ideal place for stunning landscapes, nature, and the spectacular aurora borealis, and I took advantage of that. I joined the PPA (Professional Photographers of America), studied photography theory every day, practiced as much as I could, and started the process to become a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP).
When we received the orders to transfer to Chesapeake, Virginia, I was beyond excited. I have always loved Virginia - it is a beautiful, historical location, rich with stories, culture, and people. Additionally, I knew I would combine my two loves of horses and photography to pursue equine photography. Through equine fine art imaging, I am able to create my vision of what horses signify and symbolize to me and to my clients and the way they impact and change our lives. I am also an active member of the Equine Photographer’s Network (EPN) and volunteer my services for rescue horses and other animals.
In my first year to compete in PPA’s International Photographic Competition (IPC), I earned two merits (second-highest award) towards my Masters of Photography degree in the PPA. Additionally, one of the entries was selected as a finalist for the Grand Imaging Award (GIA) of its category. These will be awarded at the PPA national conference in January 2018. I have also received my CPP and am proud to say that I am certified as a professional photographer through the PPA. Fewer than 2500 photographers around the world have received this designation.
I love storytelling in my photography. Whether this encompasses bringing a Celtic princess to life in a forest, portraying the journey of a girl to a young lady, or illustrating the companionship and personalities within a family, my goal is to create art which embodies your story and your heart.
2018 Professional Photographers of America (PPA) International Photographic Competition (IPC) Bronze medalist2018 PPA IPC Merit Award: Album "Tradition: Change of Command"2018 PPA IPC Merit Award: Image "The Breaking of the Day"2018 PPA IPC Merit Award: Image "The End of the Road"2018 PPA IPC Merit Award: Image "The Incoming Storm"2018 Southeast District Professional Photographer Association (SEPPA) 3rd place Non-event album: "Tradition: Change of Command"2018 Virginia Professional Photographer Association (VPPA) Top Ten Virginia Photographer2018 VPPA Court of Honor Award: Album “Tradition: Change of Command”2018 VPPA Certified Professional Photographer Competition Award: “The Breaking of the Day”2017 PPA Grand Imaging Award (GIA) Top Ten Finalist: Album “The Mountains are Calling”2017 PPA IPC Merit Award: Album “The Mountains are Calling”2017 PPA IPC Merit Award: Image “Mountains Made Divine”
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