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My Photographic Roots part 3

Hi Everyone!

My photographic roots began pretty much with the trip to Canyon De Chelly that I  promised to share with you! My sister Carol was very  instrumental for the kick in the pants to go after my life long dream. With that borrowed camera I mentioned last time, Carol, a Photography Instructor and a few other folks, we set off for Canyon Del Chelly in North East Arizona. This land once occupied by the Anasazi is now home to the Navajo. We hired a Navajo guide and his pack horses to explore the canyon. Not only is it a beautiful place but it is home to literally hundreds of prehistoric Indian sites including many spectacular cliff dwellings and rock formations. You will also find if you look hard enough the beautiful and telling rock art of the Anasazi who lived in the canyon for more than a 1000 years. In A.D.1300 the Anasazai  people abandoned their Canyon stronghold and other groups began to contribute the the canyon rock art.

I think my mouth was hanging open the entire time I was there. As a novice photographer I was learning in the field and loving it. That is when I truly began to learn how put together the pieces of the puzzle that make a great photograph.

I have included 2 photographs here. One is of White House Cliff Dwelling and the other is an example of the rock art found in the area.

Unfortuntley shortly after this trip I went to meet with the instructor to evaluate the images I had taken. Everything was on slides. After my meeting I went to Nordstrom. When I came out my car was in the process of being stolen and in fact they did get away with it. The car was later found by the authorities but it had been stripped and my most of my slides had been destroyed so I only have a few left. Guess I need to go back! 🙂  I hope you have enjoyed visting my Photographic Roots, I know it has been fun for me too! Thanks for reading!


Of all the places I have been before and since this place, Canyon De Chelly remains the most unforgettable! For more information look for the book Canyon de Chelly It’s People and Rock Art by Campbell Grant.

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My Photographic Roots (part 2)

As I was looking for a few photos to post  in the 2nd edition of My Photographic Roots I realized just how many great places there are in this beautiful country of ours. I think we are all tired at this point of our snarky politicians fighting on a daily basis so try this. Walk away from your TV and look outside. For those in the MidWest or East Coast it must be beautiful with all the snow falling and turning things into a winter wonderland. I know I know it will become messy but right now this moment it is beautiful, if you are lucky  you may even see a Cardinal sitting in the tree in your front yard. For those on the west coast we have high tides and warm weather as does Florida. Seagulls are flying over head and the sea lions are high on the rocks basking in the sunshine.   What does this have to do with my photographic roots you may ask? Well, plenty! When I decided Photography  was an avenue I wanted to pursue I borrowed a camera and learned how to use it. I learned how to choose exposures and while I always had a knack for composition I worked at improving it. I used that borrowed camera for my first field trip with an instructor to Canyon De Chelly which is in the northeast corner of Arizona. More about that in a future post.

Right now I want to talk about the beauty in our own back yards or neighborhood. I practiced in literally  my own backyard (Plumeria), in front of the library (Ca. Poppy), the local nursery (heart stake w/flowers) I went to the beach, the zoo and anywhere I could work on my skills.

Looking at family and pet photos I have taken you can probably see the influence from my nature photography days. I always tell my new clients that when I decided to shift my work to families and pets I knew I wanted to combine my love of nature with my love of families and pets. Any time and anywhere I aim my camera it always takes me back to my photographic roots!

If you have an interest in photography this is a great place to start. Just open your front door and start shooting!

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