I use a digital DSLR, the Nikon D750 for most of my photos. I have kept my older digital camera, a Fuji S5 Pro, as a back up just in case something goes wrong. I have a mixture of Nikon and Sigma lenses that I use. While I love shooting digital, I also have a number of film cameras that I use on occasion such as a 1923 Kodak Autographic and a few Mamiya C Series TLR (twin lens reflex) cameras. The freezer in our basement has two drawers containing various films.
What subjects do you photograph and how do you find them?
I like to think that they find me! Whenever we go out, I take my camera with and just wander until something catches my eye. I will decide to photograph something if I can picture it in my mind as a finished print.
We used to do what we called our "3 day tours" in the past few years, where we would leave early Friday morning and come home late Sunday night. We drove to wherever we felt like going. I would come home with upwards of 1,000 photos to go through and either work on or delete. That changed this year when one of our cats, a five year old by the name of Chai, was diagnosed with epilepsy. For right now, we have a 12 hour window where we can go out for the day after his first dose of medications and be home in the evening for his second one. Not an ideal situation, but we love Chai to bits and he has adapted well to the medications and has had no seizures as of late.
Do you enhance your photographs with Photoshop or other software programs?
Yes I do. While I have respect for photographers that do not enhance their photographs, I do not limit myself to that choice. I like to think of Photoshop and other software programs as my digital darkroom. My photographs are a combination of my vision and creativity.
Can I find you at any art fairs or exhibits?
Yes! While some art fairs don't accept photography as being art, I do try to find ones in the surrounding vicinity that do. I exhibit both in solo and joint exhibitions. A schedule of my upcoming ones can be found in my "Exhibitions" tab. I hope to see you there!
Can I contact you to schedule an exhibition?
Certainly! Some of my exhibitions have been scheduled that way - all starting with an email. I am accommodating and sensitive to what is/is not wanted in any exhibition (such as photos of cemeteries at a hospital exhibition). If you have any certain photos that you would like to have me include in a show, just let me know!
How do you take the infrared photos?
I started shooting infrared with a film camera and Kodak infrared film, along with an infrared filter. A few years ago, I had a Nikon D80 converted to shoot infrared, which I can either work in color or convert the photos to black and white.
Do you print and mat your own photographs?
Yes I do. I have two Epson printers which can print to size A2 photos. I print on Epson, Hahnemühle and Moab fine art papers. I use a Logan mat cutter to cut my mats to the size my client wishes.
Are your bird photos real?
You might be surprised at how many times I am asked that question. I have been asked if they were real, if they were stuffed or in a zoo. All of the birds are, in fact, real. I photograph them at wildlife sanctuaries or at medieval markets, where the sanctuaries bring them to both educate people and solicit donations for their work.
Do you donate money?
Yes! Whether it is at a sanctuary or medieval market photographing birds or at a church photographing windows, I make sure to leave a donation. If they ask for a fee for me to photograph (as some sanctuaries will), I will pay it with no questions asked.
Do you sell greeting cards?
Sure, by request. You can always ask for a custom order online if there is an image (or several) you would like. Cards are white in color, blank on the inside, with a window opening for the photo of 8,2 x 13,4cm. The finished card is 16,8 x 11,6cm (DIN B6) when folded, includes a plain white envelope, and is available for 3,50€ each plus shipping. Order 5 or more cards and receive special pricing of 3,00€ per card.
What are you working on now?
I spend most of my time working on furthering my photography; whether it be updating my website, reading photo magazines to keep myself up-to-date on everything photography, making new work or preparing for future exhibition or air fairs.
If you want to see what I've been up to recently, check out my blog.
What is your educational background?
I am a certified professional from the New York Institute of Photography, having graduated from their program in 2005.
Where are you based?
I’m currently based in Germany. We are in a valley with a mountain in front and in back of the house, in between Laurenburg and Gutenacker. For a city girl, this was quite a change but the view is marvelous when you hike up the mountain and look down upon the valley and Lahn River.
How did you get started in photography?
I enrolled with the New York Institute of Photography when I decided that I wanted to learn a bit more about photography and what it takes to make a good photograph.
After graduating, I continued to experiment with photographing different things around me. Then "the bug" hit. I started honing in on what I wanted to shoot and continued to work on my skills by reading online, magazines and books.
After my first group exhibition in 2005, I realized that fine art photography was what I wanted to actively pursue. Since then, I have continued to work on presenting something that represents myself as an artist.
Do you speak German?
I speak a passable German. My husband, who is Austrian, and I speak a mixture of German and English at home. Learning a new language at an older age was not (for me) the easiest thing to do. I want to be perfect when I speak to someone, but have come to the realization that I will never be. My goal is to make myself understood to someone without looking like a fool...and sometimes, that doesn't work either. But people are very understanding and, for that, I am always grateful.
Who is that man who is always with you?
People often wonder why my husband is constantly with me. The first reason is, of course, that I enjoy his company. The second reason is that I am hearing impaired due to a inner ear infection when I was nine years old. This left me with no hearing in my left ear and limited in my right. People sometimes speak so fast and soft that I have to ask them to repeat themselves, which leads them to believe that I don't understand German. Sometimes I will misunderstand them and give a wrong answer. So my husband is by to run interference for me, so to speak. While I don't mind telling people I am hearing impaired, I also don't make that the first thing I tell them.
If you have other questions, I'd love to answer them. Either send me an email, or find me at an exhibition or art fair.