My First Photograph, how it all began…

As we topped the hill near our house, I turned to my dad and said, “Stop the truck, I have to have a picture of this view.”

He smirked at me and handed me his Polaroid camera, saying, “I don’t think it will work, but you can try.”

With all the confidence of an 11-year-old I snapped the picture; it was of Sierra Blanca in Ruidoso, New Mexico at sunset. I still have the picture! It is the first scenic picture I ever took…fortunately it was not my last.

By my sophomore year in high school, I was a photographer for the yearbook class and dreaming of my own big-fancy-camera.  I was in my twenties when I finally got an Olympus.  For the next few years, with any splurge money I had, I bought hundreds of rolls of film.  I would shoot just to see what I could do; subsequently, I threw away hundreds of pictures because some stuff just did not work out the way I thought it would.  I joined the Photographic Society of Lincoln County in the late 90’s and have been a learning member ever since.  My husband bought me a Canon digital camera in 2005…I cannot seem to put it down.  I love that I can throw away the bad shots without a penny spent, or paper and ink wasted.Sierra Blanca subject of First Photograph

I enjoy shooting anything that will stand still long enough, which generally means landscapes and nature.  I have a file of pictures on my computer that is at least 500 pictures deep just of my dogs…they make great subjects when cookies are involved…not that many people want pictures of my dogs.

Being an artist and calligrapher has given me an eye for detail, which has led me to macro photography.  Some of the flowers in my portfolio are anywhere from ½ an inch to two inches in diameter…I really get up close and personal.

The bottom line — I love taking pictures.

I have been collecting quotes for as long as I can remember. I have a file on my computer 85 pages deep with quotes.

I had this idea, years ago, for Quotography, quotes and photography combined.  At some point maybe they will make their way into a coffee table book.  Until then enjoy.

I have lived in New Mexico since I was three; I grew up in Ruidoso, where I attended school from Kindergarten to graduation.  I now live in Albuquerque.

I hope you enjoy my gallery of creations as much as I enjoy bringing them to fruition.

~Joli

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