What kind of photography do you most enjoy?
I love working with people, so one of my favorite types of photography is capturing people's essence and vibrancy. Living in New Orleans offers a perfect opportunity for doing this because people here are very friendly and willing to have their photo taken but only if you engage them in a conversation. I also love shooting photos of New Orleans events and environment. I write for examiner.com as the New Orleans City Guide and, in this role, get to see a lot of historical places and photograph a lot of this city that many others may not even know exists.
How long have you been a photographer?
Good question! Short answer about 10 years. Long answer: Long ago, and I mean decades ago, I used to shoot a few photos but my husband Jay who is no longer with us was the technical champ. I often was teased in a good way by family and friends because of my artsy photos, so I just shot on occasion. I also took some classes at the YMCA.
What got you started?
After my husband died, I returned to college where I earned a degree in graphic design. I had been studying to be a counselor, but after his illness, I realized I was not to continue on that path. The latter 1990s was also the advent of digital photography, so I got my first digital camera and used my own photos for graphic design assignments for which we needed photos, especially to work on in Photoshop.
What inspires you?
Energy inspires me - either my own or that of the subjects. Creativity, mastery, and learning also inspire me.
What are your photography goals?
My goals are to give my clients my best and to make individual clients feel comfortable around a photographer. I also aim to learn something new each day. I am constantly learning new techniques and my cameras! Finally, I want to pass on my knowledge and love for photography. At this time, I teach a photography class at my church. I have learned the more I give, the more I receive. So I get out there and give my best. I do not aim for perfection. I aim for excellence and sometimes I make it. However, when I don't, I do not sweat it. Photography is in my blood and will probably always be my way of giving back to others and my path in life.
How has BP helped you attain your goals?
Being a member of BP has been of immense help to me. The quality of its members' photography is at times a reference point to me. And being part of BP keeps me shooting and showing. In addition, I worked for a time for BP online, and I got to understand the inner workings of BP and the people who make it happen. It is a big job!!! In addition, I took a course on exposure that was very helpful. Due to my experiences with BP, I am able to help others and vice versa. Finally, the friendships I have made through BP never would have happened had I not been a member.