BetterPhoto has been really important in my life since spring of 2005. It seems hard to believe that every day I react to the Photo of the Day as I open up my computer, and I’ve taken just about every course there is to take.
A group of us took Jim’s One Year Course, and many of us are still friends today! I have just gotten back from taking a portrait workshop in Knoxville with Terri Beloit, who lives just south of Seattle. She’s been a friend since that One Year Class and we still manage to get together once a year or more. Despite the fact that the workshop was about people, we managed to get in two days of nature/landscape photography in the Smoky Mountains first! There are so many friends from that group, and we still connect either personally or through Facebook.
I have been a photographer for only about 12 years. My first “good” camera was a Nikon film camera and I still use many of my lenses from that. What really jogged me into taking photography more seriously was the advent of digital cameras combined with finding Better Photo!
As a former teacher for 42 years, married to a college professor, I love to travel, since we would mutually have summers off. We have traveled to Russia, and much of western Europe and have relished every minute of capturing those trips. I only wish I had had the skills then that I am developing now, for way better pictures. Many of my favorite classes at Better Photo have had to do with travel photography.
I am most inspired by capturing humor in my pictures whenever I can. Capturing the beauty in a child’s face is exhilarating, but it’s even better when that face shows surprise, or love, or heart-tugging emotion, and a genuine belly laugh is contagious.
Given a good mix of photographing children/families and some beautiful scenery and street scenes, I can be content for hours. I love relaxing photography when I can wait for the sunrise or sunset, but I love the rush of a fast child session, too.
If I could return to one place to take better photographs than the last time, it would be Ireland. I would take my 70-200 lens, one wide angle lens and my 50mm lens, or the new 24-120 lens, which is great for travel.
I still haven’t decided what kind of photographer I’m going to be when I grow up!
See more of Cindy's work in her Website
This photo of Cindy was taken by Terri Beloit