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Wild Thoughts: The Magic of a Winter Sunset

As I sat on the edge of the lake, the cold winter wind whipped against my face, making my cheeks rosy and my nose tingle. Despite the cold weather, I couldn't resist the urge to get outdoors and photograph the sunset. There's something about the winter sunset that draws me in, with its vivid colors and soft texture like clouds.

As I looked out at the calm waters of Lake Pontchartrain, I couldn't help but feel a sense of peace and calm wash over me. The water was still, reflecting the colors of the sky in tiny ripples. It was as if the sky was Gods's canvas and the fiery sunset was His masterpiece.

Winter sunsets are different from those in other seasons. There's a certain crispness and clarity to the colors, almost as if they are more vivid against the stark contrast of the surrounding landscapes. The sun descends slowly, casting a warm glow over the landscape, as if it's trying to hold on to the day just a little longer.

As the colors deepened and the sky turned into a canvas of fiery oranges and blues, I couldn't help but marvel at the beauty that God created. It reminded me that even in the coldest and darkest of times, there is still beauty and hope to be found. The winter season may be cold and dreary, but it also brings with it a sense of stillness and reflection, a chance to slow down and appreciate the little things in life.

As the sun finally disappeared below the horizon, the sky turned a deep shade of navy blue and dark red, and the stars began to twinkle in the cold winter sky. I pulled my coat tighter around me, grateful for the warmth it provided. I sat there for a while longer, just taking in the peaceful atmosphere and feeling grateful for the moment.

As I made my way back home, I couldn't help but think about how blessed I am to be able regularly witnessed the beauty of nature. In our busy lives, we often forget to take a moment to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. But moments like these, sitting on the cold lakeside and watching the sunset, remind us to slow down and be present in the moment.

In a way, winter sunsets are like a metaphor for life. Just like the cold and darkness of winter, we all face challenges and struggles in our lives. But just as the sunset brings a burst of color and warmth to the cold winter sky, our hardships lead us to appreciate the good times even more and make us stronger.

So, next time you have the chance, I urge you to take a moment to sit, watch and enjoy the sunset on a cold winter day. Let the calmness of the winter and the beauty of the sky wash over you, and remember to appreciate the little things in life. Because sometimes, all it takes is a cold winter day and a stunning sunset to remind us of the beauty that surrounds us.


2024 Wildlife, Nature, and Landscape Photography Workshops and Private Wildlife/Nature Photography Classes


For the past few years, I’ve been fortunate to travel to amazing places and photograph some incredible wildlife, nature, and landscapes.


During my travels, I’ve seen some beautiful places, but most importantly, I’ve met some amazing people. One the most rewarding parts of travel and photography is the friendships I’ve made along the way.


While out in the great outdoors, photography sometimes runs a distant second to all the experiences and laughs shared with new friends - and the laughs are always plentiful.  Therefore, the entrepreneur in me says it’s time to start leading photography tours and workshops, so that others can share in these experiences.


For the past year, I’ve been working on putting together some wildlife and nature photography workshops, private classes, and some educational offerings, all while planning some new and unique trips, its been a busy time.


In the future, if you decide that you’ll do a workshop with me, I can promise you that:

· you’ll get to experience some amazing locations;

· you'll meet and work beside some like-minded people who love the outdoors and photography;

· you'll take some pictures of which you are incredibly proud;

· you'll learn from an experienced wildlife/nature photographer;

· you’ll always be with small groups;

· you'll experience an incredible vacation;

· and you’ll laugh... A LOT.


In addition to you getting some great photos, one of my main goals is for everyone who arrives as strangers to leave as friends.


Dates for photo workshops/tours can be found below. 

Registration will go live on Feb 1, 2024


I hope you’ll join me.

 Grand Teton National Park

Saturday, Sept 22 to Wednesday, Sept 25

Wednesday, Sept 25 to Sunday, Sept 29


Discover the breathtaking Grand Teton National Park, one of the most stunning in the United States. Immerse yourself in its unspoiled wilderness, encounter a variety of wildlife, and capture breathtaking light. Whether you visit during the enchanting spring wildflower season or witness the vibrant colors of autumn, you'll be amazed by the beauty of the Tetons. You'll also learn about the park's rich cultural and natural history. With small group sizes, you'll receive personalized attention and have intimate photography opportunities.


Group sizes are limited to 5 people


Registration along with more information will go live on my website on Feb 1, 2024 


Private Wildlife and Nature Photography Classes

 Are you looking to enhance your photography skills and capture the breathtaking beauty of nature and wildlife? Look no further! I'm now offering personalized private lessons in wildlife and nature photography and will guide you through the techniques and tips necessary to capture stunning images of the great outdoors. You will have the opportunity to learn in a one-on-one setting, tailored to your individual needs and interests. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced photographer, these lessons will help you take your skills to the next level and create unforgettable images of the natural world. Join me and let me help you unleash your creative potential and capture the beauty of nature through your lens. 


Quick Tips on Outdoor Photography: 

Don't be afraid to get out on those cold winter evenings to photograph sunsets.


The winter season brings with it sunsets that are truly mesmerizing. This spectacular display of colors is made possible by the laws of science. In the colder months, the air is drier and cleaner, allowing for the most pure and vivid hues to adorn the skies in the Northern Hemisphere. Understanding this phenomenon requires a basic knowledge of the interaction between sunlight and air. The same process responsible for the blue daytime sky is responsible for the captivating colors we see in sunsets. Known as Rayleigh scattering, this process occurs when sunlight hits air molecules. As sunlight contains all the colors of the rainbow, each color corresponds to a different wavelength that is visible to us. However, due to Rayleigh scattering, these wavelengths are not always equally visible. The shorter wavelengths, like blue and violet, are scattered more by air molecules and are thus more prominent during the day. In contrast, the longer wavelengths, such as red and orange, can travel further and are thus more visible during sunsets. As the sun sets lower on the horizon, the longer wavelengths have to travel a greater distance to reach our eyes, resulting in the striking red and orange hues we often see.


But what makes winter sunsets even more breathtaking? It's the colder air that is typically less humid, meaning there is less moisture for the tiny particles in the air to absorb. This leads to less scattering of light and thus more intense and vibrant colors. Moreover, the air during winter is usually cleaner, coming from the less polluted Arctic region, adding to the intensity of the sunset colors. So next time you witness a spellbinding winter sunset, remember that it's not just magic, it's the wonders of science unfolding before your eyes.


Quick Tip for Wildlife Photography- Use Weather to Your Advantage


 My perspective has shifted to the belief that weather is generally insignificant, or more accurately, that it can actually be advantageous. When capturing images of large antlered animals such as moose, elk, or deer, it is often preferable to do so on an overcast day. However, photographing birds or incorporating the sky into an image on a dreary, winter overcast day could result in unsatisfactory outcomes. It is important not to shy away from going out in light rain or snow as you never know what you may capture. In fact, I have witnessed incredible lighting and skies the day after a major storm. Always remain prepared and adaptable, as there are no strict rules. View different weather conditions as opportunities for photography, rather than excuses to stay indoors.


Book Your Photo Sessions Now!


The holiday season is over, and with it comes the perfect opportunity to capture your family's special moments. Whether it's a cozy winter session or a sunny spring shoot, now is the time to book your family photo session and create lasting memories. I will work with you to create a personalized and unique session that truly reflects your family's personality. Winter sessions offer a magical lighting, amazing sunset backdrops and warm, cozy outfits. Imagine your family snuggled up together, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Spring sessions, on the other hand, capture the beauty and joy of new beginnings. The flowers are in bloom, the sun is shining, and it's the perfect time to capture your family's playful and vibrant personalities. But don't wait too long to book your session! My calendar is filling up quickly, and I don't want you to miss out on this opportunity. Plus, booking early allows us to plan and prepare for your session, ensuring that everything is perfect for your family.


Elevate your walls with stunning fine art photo prints. Showcase your personal style with a range of beautiful and unique prints available for purchase now. Choose from striking landscapes, captivating wildlife shots, and evocative abstract compositions. Each print is meticulously crafted with high-quality materials to ensure longevity and keep your home looking beautiful for years to come. Don't hesitate - buy now and add a touch of sophistication to your space.


f you're searching for a unique one of a kind photograph that perfectly captures your vision, get in touch with me today. I'm excited to hear about your ideas and collaborate with you to create a one-of-a-kind photo that stands out from the rest. I'll work with you every step of the way to bring your vision to life and ensure that the end result exceeds your expectations. Don't settle for ordinary - contact me today to discuss your photo needs.


Equine Photography

Are you ready to capture the beauty of your horse in a stunning photo session! Fall is the perfect season for photos, the warm colors of the leaves and the light of the sun create a picture-perfect setting. I am now booking horse photo sessions for the fall season. I know your horse is your pride and joy, and that's why I take so much care when it comes to capturing the perfect shot.

I offer a variety of packages, so don't hesitate to reach out to discuss what would best suit your needs I look forward to helping you capture the beauty of your horse this fall!

For more information click the “Learn More” button below.

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