Whether strolling past the neighborhood gardens in Santa Monica, trailing a herd of zebras or a cadre of lions in Kenya, or witnessing an extraordinary Alaskan sunset, my trusty camera is a normal extension of me. I have been using my iPhone as my main camera for several years. Now cellphone cameras are better than the first digital cameras I used on my trip to Africa!
I became a budding poetess in college at Colorado State University. People would tell me they could see unusually vivid images in my poetry. Later in life, I began shooting photos to match my poetry. A poem will often emerge from a photo I have taken. I find life in every living thing, be it a rosebud, an ancient oak, domestic and exotic animals, or Alaska’s brilliant skyline. I have traveled to different countries to capture nature at its best. While some pictures depict colorful shades, some seemed to catch the mysterious stories hidden behind the walls.
During my early school years, I had to rely on tutors to help me understand what I was being taught. Perhaps I had an undiagnosed case of dyslexia and suffered from a lack of confidence. I fought it through my senior year and flourished to become a student at Colorado State, then transferred to and graduated from UCLA with a BA in English in 1993. I then earned my teaching credential and Masters in Education from Pepperdine University. I wanted to help students who had, like myself, struggled through school.
I chose the teaching profession to re-experience education in a more positive light. In 2000, I read a book that changed my life: Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts. It gave me the courage to leave the classroom to pursue my true loves - writing poetry and photography. I hold this quote from her book close to my heart as I continue expanding my craft and expressing my creativity.
“Because if you had confidence enough to try something, you had the courage enough to fail.” - Nora Roberts