Well, I have some very exciting news on the photography front. I just happen to be one of those people who prefer to work on a team so that the strengths of each individual may be pooled and produce excellent results. Over the past year, I was wrestling with what exactly my photography business would look like. Would I focus on selling prints (not something I really wanted to do and not really my passion)? Would I focus on having images published? From the time I was a child, I read Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine and I thought it would be cool to someday have images published in the magazine. My previous blog post shared how that bucket list item has been checked and I will hopefully continue to be a contributing photographer to the magazine. However, this is also not something that on it’s own will keep me busy enough nor does it lend itself to my main passion which is teaching.
I come from a long line of educators with professors and teachers in my immediate past. My parents and grandparents all instilled in me a love of learning and reading. Through this, I have also been fueled with a passion for teaching. Since moving to Texas in 1993, I have at times taught birding classes and photography classes for non-profit organizations such as the Travis Audubon Society, Williamson Audubon Group, and the Texas Ornithological Society. However, I wanted to see that opportunity expand so that I could share some of the amazing places I have experienced in my 46 years on this earth. Places such as St. John’s, Newfoundland in winter and Big Bend National Park at any time of year are just a sampling of places where part of my heart remains. And creatures from the feathered to the furry and the scaly have captured my imagination and more than once, brought a tear to my eye when I see or caught them for the first time.
Along come John and Kendra Abbott who are familiar to many in Texas and the Odonata world. John has authored field guides of the Odonates in Texas along with many other books on these flying wonders. John and Kendra have other field guides under development but it was their photography skills that first caught my eye. If you have never checked out their website, just the images of bugs in flight is worth the time browsing! John and Kendra are phenomenal photographers who have mastered the art of macro, trap, and high-speed insect & bat photography! While there primary interests are slightly different, that is precisely why I am excited about teaming up with them. We both enjoying all the outdoors and wildlife but have focused on different aspects of photography with some overlap. You can be sure that when we offer a workshop, you will have a plethora of opportunities to learn from those who have photographed in many different circumstances.
You can look forward to some unique photography workshops and classes in the near future! Stay tuned, it is only going to get better!