Adventure seeking traveler; wildlife, landscape, waterscape, macro, portrait and pet photographer.
Sharon has always been artistically expressive from a young age – drawing, painting, piano, violin – growing up with a crayon, pencil, paint brush, or musical instrument at her fingertips. After her childhood and teen years, graphic design and web development filled her need for creativity. Sharon’s true passion is now photography. What started out as a hobby on Instagram in late 2011, has evolved into a journey of self-expression using a digital medium.
Sharon is self-taught in photography, through trial and error and countless hours of practice and experimenting. She has taken three photo workshops with seasoned, professional photographers who provided their technical and compositional expertise.
To capture her photographs, Sharon spends countless hours in the elements – waiting, scouting, hiking, wading in thigh deep water, climbing, crouching, lying on the ground, falling on occasion, driving, and flying. She thoroughly enjoys being outdoors to witness and capture the beautiful sights that are everywhere around us.
When photographing wildlife, she likes to capture each subjects unique behavior, her favorite being the Sandhill Crane’s courtship dance. She also tries to capture emotions through her photography of mammals, especially horses and dogs. In her macro photos she shoots at different angles and apertures, hopefully offering the viewer a new perspective of a familiar subject. When shooting landscapes, waterscapes, or sunrises and sunsets her goal is to create photos that convey the emotions and sights she experienced during her shoot, as if you were standing next to her witnessing the moment unfold.
Most of Sharon’s photographs are “as is” with little to no editing. The best advice given to her was by a published and well known Floridian photographer. He said “get it right in the camera…you’re a photographer not an editor.” Sharon says, “Knowing how to compose your shots, how your camera works, and what settings to use gives a photographer the ability to create a photograph that is both visually and emotionally appealing. Sometimes an adjustment to your ISO, shutter speed, f/stop, or shooting from a unique angle can make an average photo look spectacular.”
Sharon’s photographs have been published locally and are now on display/for sale at local businesses.
Sharon was bitten by the travel bug in 2006, and is either traveling or planning her next destination. She enjoys seeing new places and experiencing other cultures. Sharon owes her love of traveling to her parents, who took her on many vacations across the U.S., having been to every state except Hawaii. In recent years she’s traveled to Alaska, Washington, New Mexico, Assateague Island, Maine, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Saguenay Fjord, Quebec, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland, and Sweden.
Sharon will be visiting Namibia, Africa during July/August ’13 for a two week volunteer mission and 4-day Safari. Before the Safari, she will be helping to teach the San Bushmen children for one week, then volunteer her time at the wildlife sanctuary during the second week. She believes that giving back to people and wildlife is both rewarding and necessary.
Sharon is eagerly awaiting to travel to Patagonia, Peru, the Galapagos Islands, Svalbard, and Falkland Islands in the years to come and is looking forward to sharing the way she views the world from behind her lens.
Thank you for visiting my gallery and I hope you enjoy my photos :)