August 27, 2010
Approximately 40 years
Whatever's in front of my lens. Since I don't have a favorite I specialize in everything—and when the light is right it doesn't matter what the subject matter is.
To get acquainted with women photographers wanting to improve their photography to see if I can make a contribution. Photography has brought great joy to my life and if I can help others find that joy and share what I've learned then it's all good.
I've been a freelance photographer for more than 35 years; was the staff photographer for a local corporation for more than a decade; been teaching photography through Portland Community College for nearly 15 years. Photography is my passion.
This is a wonderful way for women to come together with a common purpose. Although the process of creating a photograph is very insular, there's no better creative environment than an outing with other photographers with the same single purpose—creating photographs. It's an inspirational environment and I encourage outings as frequently as possible—the more you stay engaged and thinking about the process of making photographs the more proficient your technical and visual skill set will improve. Print critique: I would like to suggest that when members present photos for a critique or sharing that the photos are put inside a mat so the image itself can be showcased and separated from the surrounding tabletop, etc. (The mats can be repurposed by updating the photographs for a new critique.) It's a better way to isolate the image and see it for all it has to offer. Just an idea.