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From the moment I received my first SLR camera some twenty years ago - a 21st birthday present - it was love at first touch. To me it was, and is, an instrument of creation and inspiration, and it transformed the way in which I viewed the world. Born and raised in the midst of the natural beauty of New Zealand, I have since had the good fortune to travel extensively and to experience the wonder and beauty of varied countries and cultures.
Along the way I've discovered that a photograph is much more than a moment, an image, or an emotion. Not only can it serve to capture the true essence of a person or place, it can embody their heart and soul. When this is accomplished the photograph takes on a life of its own and triggers a deep emotional response in the viewer. As a professional photographer and an artist, it is this goal that I seek to accomplish. Each time I raise my lens I strive to capture the heart and soul of my subject.
I'm blessed to call Bend in Central Oregon my home, an area with an abundance of natural beauty and a plethora of wonderful activities. Every day I wake up grateful for where I live, what I have, and who I am. My passion for photography could not have evolved without my husband and two young children. Over the years they have offered me endless enriched moments to capture, moments that perfectly illustrate that a photograph can be so much more than just an image.
My passion in life is to search out these "soul moments" through the lens of my camera. I invite you to join me on this ever evolving and exciting journey, one that will undoubtedly provide intimate and remarkable memories captured forever for your lasting enjoyment.

Friday, November 19, 2010

LET THERE BE LIGHT - It is all about Natural Light...

Yes I believe it is all in the LIGHT..  Light is a key factor in getting a great shot when shooting(with a camera) for me.
Fortunately Bend Oregon gets very little rain and many bright sunny blue days. Great for most but not the best for photographers!
Bright sun means head for shade for my camera and I, which can be limiting when trying to be creative. Direct sun causes shadowing  - raccoon eyes and squinting.
The best time for photos is either early morning or in the evening when the sun is low in the sky and less intense.
The best days believe it or not are cloudy ones. The photos captured below were taken mid afternoon with the sun behind clouds the majority of the time. The clouds act as a diffusor and can give amazing results. Often I will need to bounce some needed light with a variety of reflectors. Getting that catch light in a persons eyes really makes a difference.

Anyway meet the lovely 'Derosier Family' from Portland Oregon, they visit here often and now have special photographs of themselves taken in Drake Park last weekend.

Perfect light, perfect subjects and I hope they think perfectly captured!

Thank you Derosier Family!


Love this one!

not sure which one is the happiest



sibling fun

a love squeeze

in the moment

race to the leave pile