Where I’ve been and what’s next…

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” -Dorothea Lange

I have had the pleasure to capture the light and hold time still for over 40 years! Photography was more than just a passion, it was a grade school dream that came true. My lifelong career began in New Jersey as a studio apprentice after graduating from high school in 1975. I was motivated to become educated in the art, business and craft of professional photography.

I moved to the west coast in 1984, and established a successful wedding/portrait studio for 25 years in Santa Barbara, CA. I have many fond memories of “back in the day” with a medium format Hasselblad camera where you had to focus the lens, establish the correct exposure and change the roll film after 24 exposures. I have fully embraced 21st century technology with the Canon EOS Mark IV. I delight in the freedom, flexibility and fun of how digital capture inspires my creativity in the digital darkroom with Photoshop.

I moved to Longmont, CO in April 2009 with my husband, Mathew Erickson, and two cats, Bella & Bogey. I immersed myself in the new community to be a finalist in the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce 2010 Rookie Business of the Year and a finalist for 2011 Small Business of the Year. I received the Times-Call Reader’s Choice Best of the Best Photographer for four consecutive years until they no longer had the category. I have been an advocate for the arts and was instrumental in having 2012 declared the “Year of Art” in Longmont by the mayor.

I have photographed thousands of people on both coasts with energy, ease and enthusiasm. I’ve captured moments in time that span over four decades. I feel very fortunate to have lived my dream with a full time career in the profession and to have wisely saved when income was steady and solid. The profession of photography has served me well, it made for a great way to support my life financially and will always be a part of me creatively.

After eight years of enjoying a good life in Longmont and discovering our love of the great outdoors, another dream came true…to live like we camp—small, simple and serene to savor our time on earth with goodness and gratitude. We moved to a mountain cabin in Westcliffe, CO, a rural community (pop. 591) in the Wet Mountain Valley between the Sangre de Cristo range and Wet Mountains. We discovered it when we read an article about the designated dark skies. (Image below taken from property!) Once we said ‘yes’ to the Universe, everything flowed to lead us to where we belong—to open sky above, natural earth below and peace within our home.

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/13/us/colorado-dark-sky-project-stars-perseid.html

http://www.darksky.org/idsp/communities/thecliffs/).

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars and see yourself running with them.” – Marcus Aurelius