Hackettstown, NJUSA 07840
June 16, 2014
My favorite quote is, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." Living steps away from Budd Lake, many of my photos are of the lake in all types of weather, times of day, activities, seasons and events. The creatures in and on the water - fish, otter, turtles - come into view, as do birds, planes and even a blimp that flies overhead. Writing and photography are passions and a huge source of joy! While a disability slows me down, I have found ways to build a large gallery online, and in print, and call my passion and love of photography, "From Where I Sit." Three years after two spinal surgeries, I've compiled a gallery entitled, "The Living Lake," which was exhibited at the Mount Olive Public Library in November, 2011. Since then, I have provided photographs to hang on three bulletin boards in our municipal building. Photos are hanging in Ron's Studio, and Sweet Dreamzz, a quality furniture store in the Village Green.
I never had formal training in photography. After a disability sidelined me somewhat - I was a physically active person, playing tennis, ice skating, power walking - I bought a good camera, and the rest is history. I have taken a night course at a community school, but found the tutorial that came with my Canon Rebel XS more helpful. I was also fortunate enough to meet Walter Choroszewski, the photographer who shot scenes in NJ for the long-running ad campaign, "New Jersey and You - Perfect Together," when he led two free lectures/instructional classes at our local library. His landscapes and character portrait photos are sharp and colorful, and his passion for his work made me thirst for more knowledge. When I contacted Sean of Heart & Sohl Photography, I knew I'd found a place to take my interest and talent further. I have since taken three courses through "Flying Photography," online, learning more about light, the rule of thirds, and portraits.
Friends, ideas, tips and suggestions, fun and local travel. I have received many positive comments and praise for my landscape and nature-based photographs that have appeared in the local newspaper and on Facebook, and all encourage me to do more and to share my work. While I appreciate their enthusiasm and admiration, I know I can learn more. I also want to learn a lot more about portrait photography, of which I've only done candid, closeup portraits at social events, and a few formal photo shoots of friends at events or at their request. I hope to become a professional photographer; while I am not a young person, I am youthful in my approach to life and art; I'd like to be an example to others who have stumbled with health issues that - with planning and time/pain management - photography is an activity that's fun to do, and can be adjusted to fit any lifestyle. It is, for me, an activity that became a life's joy and passion.
Hi, I'm Jenyfra (call me "Jen") Nelson, an amateur photographer with a penchant for capturing the ever-changing moods of landscapes, creatures, lakes and rivers & an eye toward industrial and architectural patterns and angles! Portraiture is next !
I'm loving it, so far! I already look forward to every day; to see it through the lens has been an additional wow! in my life. To share it with all of you, and know I will learn more, and enjoy sharing my journey, is the best! Share your enthusiasm with friends, and, if more join, it's okay. With the balance of work, families, travel and other group memberships, there will be changes in those who can come to our meetings and / or excursions, from month to month, so more are welcome, so we always have a nice sized group like this.