I think I have been interested in photography for as long as I can remember. I can recall shooting of dozens of rolls of film as a child and spending all my allowance money on processing. Before I went into high school, I spent all of my money on a fully manual SLR camera, which I had no idea how to operate. Slowly, I learned how to use it, and as clueless as I was, some of my pictures showed promise. I became a certified scuba diver at age 12. I found the world beneath the waves was the most comfortable place for me. As I excelled in my training over the years and earned more certifications, I started growing interest in documenting what I was experiencing. My father finally bought me an underwater camera, and I dove into photography full force. I entered into high school as an art major, but I never knew what I wanted to do with it. I spent my high school career heavily majoring in art classes. In my senior year, took a photography course and learned all the basics. of film and darkroom printing. I took two other art classes so that I could spend those two periods in the darkroom, and I made up all the work at home. I was hooked.
I attended the fall semester at Endicott College after graduating in 2000. I decided to take some time off after that to decide what I wanted to do. My personal problems where overwhelming me at that time and I put down my camera for awhile. Although my pictures had halted, I spent all of my time reading photography instructional books, building up my knowledge in the field.
I finally enrolled in the New England School of Photography and completed their two year course in 18 months. I spent my days learning the basics on a 4x5 view camera. I developed all my own film and slides. I learned to expose the perfect black and white image, according to the zone system. I agonized through 8 hour classes in a working studio to produce one amazing image by the end of the day. The kind of education I received is something that sadly doesn't even exist anymore today. I majored in Advertising with a double minor in Fashion and Digital. I began having my work commissioned by magazines and working for corporate clients immediately thereafter.
In January 2007, my husband and I purchased our home in Gloucester, Massachusetts complete with a studio, and darkroom to expand my business. 20 years later and the industry has evolved into a completely different one from where I first started. I believe my formal education and training with my attention to detail in each image is what sets me apart from the vast sea of other photographers that have popped up into the industry since the world went digital. In an industry where sneak peeks are anticipated the same day and the entire process has become fully automated, I stay true to my editing process. Every image is personally color corrected and edited, without the use of filters. RAW images are stored in the same manner as my film negatives are; forever. My cameras might have completely evolved over the years, but my commitment to quality stays the same.
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Health Choice Massachusetts
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