Zone 8 Photography evolved out of my passion for photography and animals. It all started when I received my first 35mm SLR camera from my mom as a junior high school graduation gift. It was a Pentex ME Super. This lead to my high school years in photography classes & on the yearbook staff. Back then, hours were spent hand developing film, working in the red darkroom with chemicals, and setting up studio lighting, all of which I really enjoyed.
I continued with a few photography classes in college. I was then hired at the very first Fromax 1 hour photo in Encino, CA and later on in Beverly Hills. It was fun watching all the celebrities come through our stores to drop off their film. A few years later, I was instructing new owners of the 1 hour photo processing equipment.
I temporarily gave up photography to pursue a career in nursing. I worked in a major hospital as an RN for several years on a telemetry unit.
In 2006, I moved to Colorado and I have not been able to put my camera down since. My digital Canon 20D has been used so much, I've worn the paint off the camera body. My daughter showed her ponies in Hunter/Jumper and I was there to capture every minute of it. This helped my skills in sports photography, I could time the shot just right when the horse & rider were going over the fences. Many of you may know Zone 8 Photography from the Colorado Hunter Jumper Association horse shows. As I continue to receive an increased request for portrait photography, I have now changed my primary focus to meet those needs. I am still available to capture your horse & rider over fences but only with a private booking.
For the photographer gear heads… I use a Canon 6D, 70-300 mm 1:4-5.6 lens, 50 mm 1.4 lens, 24mm - 70mm 2.8 ll lens, Speedlite 430EX flash, Sony HD Handycam, reflectors, monopod, tripod, Lightroom and Photoshop CC. What I wasn't able to do in the darkroom in the 80's I can certainly do now by shooting in RAW and using Adobe products for the post processing.
I am excited to announce my plans of opening an indoor studio in the summer of 2014.
Zone 8 Photography images have been published in Horse Connection, In Stride, In Line, The Chronicle of the Horse and Young Rider magazines, and Back in the Saddle catalog, Colorado 4-H postcard.