I live in Sarasota, Florida with my husband and our two children. My interest in photography began by taking photos of my children and documenting our lives and travels. As time went on, I decided I wanted to do more with my camera - shooting in automatic mode wasn’t enough anymore. About 5 years ago, I decided to learn how to use my camera and became more serious about my photography. I started doing workshops, joined my local camera club, and watched hours of videos online. The more I learned, the more I loved it. I started going out as much as possible and photographing anything I could. Most of the time is was sunsets or clouds reflecting on the lake behind our house, or photos of birds.
My passion is definitely landscape photography. I love capturing the beauty that I find around me. One of the things I absolutely love to photograph is abandoned building and old barns. There’s something about finding an old, neglected building that intrigues me and makes me really want to know the story behind it. I also do pet photography in the form of volunteering at my local animal shelter. I take photos of the adoptable dogs and cats to try and get them adopted. As my children get older and involved in sports, I find myself learning more about sports photography. I really like natural looking images, and try as much as possible to process my images to look as I saw them.
Definitely! I know so many people that have been photographers for a very long time, and I feel that I have so much I can still learn. I started out with online materials and then decided to do a workshop and came across Richard Bernabe’s work. I absolutely love his style and have done several workshops with him.
I’m not and hope I never am. I love learning new techniques and trying out different types of photography. I find even if it’s not something that I enjoy, I learn something that can be applied to my other photos. As with anything in life - the more we learn and continue to grow, the better we become.
I have several places that I’ve loved and wished I had more time in and will probably return to. First one I can think of is Moab, Utah. I spent a few days in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and love the rugged landscape and definitely want to return. The place that I always return to is Grand Teton National Park. There’s something about those mountains that draws me in and has a special place in my soul. I go out there at least twice a year and feel a pull to them when I haven’t visited in a while. I love the wide open landscapes and the wildlife in the area.
I use photography to capture meaningful and memorable moments and places. My passion embodies all types and subject, but what sparks my soul most is landscape and nature photography. I hope my photos speak to the viewer in a way that places them in the moment of the photo.
I mainly shoot with my Nikon D810 for my landscapes. My favorite lens and one that I almost always use is my Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. It gives me great versatility and is usually enough reach for landscapes. Depending on the situation, I usually have another camera body and few lenses, but this is my go-to setup.
I always seem to have at least one spot of dust on my sensor, so I always have some cleanup to do. I shoot in RAW so I always have to do a few adjustments, which I do mostly in Adobe Camera Raw. I love the Nik Color Efex plugin to add a little punch to my images and use Aurora HDR to process my bracketed images.
As much as I love sunsets, I really love sunrise. Although I’m not really a morning person, I love the peacefulness and quietness of sunrise. I like the tones in the morning light, and enjoy the calmness of the morning as the day comes alive.
Thank you Stacy for taking the time to do this interview.
We are happy to welcome you on board among other photographers.
Your photography is very valuable in this community and very beneficial for our readers.