I am a former healthcare finance executive who decided to merge her right and left brain and become a professional photographer. Don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done. As I embarked on the right brain path, I quickly discovered that my photographic interests were nature, architecture and travel photography. These subjects thrill me as much as presents under a Christmas tree did in my childhood.
Coupled with an intensive love of photography, I am also afflicted with a wanderlust gene. In fact growing up my grandmother called me “Miss Gogo”. So now, many years later, this wanderlust gene as led me to travel full-time in an RV for photography. Life could not be better as I now spend my days doing my two favorite things; photography and travel.
Through my photographs, I aspire to share some of the joy and wonder I feel when photographing particular subjects. Why? Successful images should evoke emotional responses from viewers as well as provide a glimpse into the soul of the artist. I attempt to accomplish this by creating the image through a deliberative process of choosing camera settings. Therefore, I shoot in manual mode 99% of the time and have been known to spend 3 hours capturing just one shot. I know if I have succeeded when an image touches a viewer in the same way it first touched me. Just as a painter reveals themselves through their paintings, I hope my photographs to convey an insight into who I am.
I am mostly self taught and have spent hours upon hours both studying and in the field. However, there is no amount of study that can substitute for hands on experience. Realizing this in 2004, I decided to leave the comforts of a healthcare career to commit all my energy to photography. As part of this process, I have stood in freezing winds, suffered through scorching and humid afternoons, and eaten more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches than one should in a lifetime. I don’t regret a minute of it. Well, there was the time I skipped breakfast with friends at a wonderful bakery that I definitely regret. I am a sucker for a good pastry.
My photography has won numerous national and regional awards and has been exhibited in many art shows and fine art galleries primarily throughout the Southeast. I have taught a wide range of photography classes for over 7 years including courses in digital photograph, lighting, Photoshop and Lightroom. In 2017, I decided to take a year off from teaching to focus on photography travels and starting this blog. This fall I will begin to add workshops back to my schedule in various locations throughout the country.
I am a member of North American Nature Photographers Association, Carolina Nature Photographers, founder of the Wild Amelia Nature Photography Program in Florida and active in a variety of social media platforms.