Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. You can say I am a G.R.I.T.S. girl! (Girl Raised In The South)
I remember my mom taking pictures with her Rolleiflex and being so fascinated whenever I looked into the viewer and everything was upside down.
I often wonder, "Whatever happened to all those pictures my mother took?". Who knows! With all the shuffling of moving and cleaning they have slowly disappeared never to be seen again.
My interest in taking pictures started at an early age. I still remember my first camera, a Kodak with flash bulb cubes. There are a few of those pictures floating around but have turned yellow over the years.
As time went on my interest in photography grew as did the quality of my cameras. Of course, I had to have a Polarid. That was short lived but fun to have instant photos. I graduated to a Canon AE1 with interchangeable lenses. It required film but it took great pictures. Slides were the big thing at that time.
I have never had formal training in taking pictures but fortunately I have always had an eye for capturing moments and understanding the importance of composition and light in a picture. From the first camera to now, I can't ever remember not having a camera or taking pictures. To this day I rely on my instinct to capture a good picture. Yes, I have learned some tricks on setting the camera but still prefer to just taking the image and letting things happen naturally.
I have even owned an Nikonos underwater camera. That was an adventure that I will never forget. After owning several of the "point & shoot" cameras along the way I realize the larger cameras gave me more versatility to shoot quality images.
Cameras have come a long way!
Now we are in the digital everything era and there is no shortage of devices and cameras to take pictures wherever we go. What a glorious way to click away and share with the world!
The Canon EOS Rebel T2i was my next camera that taught me a lot about settings and lenses. It was much more complicated than my other cameras, but gave me the results I was searching for. The only drawback was having to change lenses and carry the right lenses when I was traveling. So, I was going back and forth with my Canon GS7 (point and shoot) and the Canon EOS Rebel T2i (Interchangeable lenses).
My go to camera of choice is the Panasonic DMC-FZ200, with 24x 25-600mm equivalent lens with F2.8 across the zoom range. A lot of the pictures you see on this site have been taken with this camera. Very lightweight for walking and taking pictures. The zoom is ah-mazing! I even use my iPhone from time to time for a quick shot but there is nothing like a good camera.
There are so many places I want to go and take pictures. I am always ready with camera in hand.
Thank you for visiting my site and feel free to come back. I will be adding more pictures! :-) Adele