Although I’ve been capturing images all my life, I began seriously studying photography in 2009 and a few years later worked as a Photography Manager in Chicago. I captured portraits, products, city views, and even a couple events. In Spring 2014, I began freelancing under Janice D Nelson Photography. Although I have photographed different subjects, I specialize in headshots, portraits, and fine art – including architectural black and white fine art photography. I’ve been blessed enough to become an award winning, published photographer.
Before working as a photographer, I began my career as a teacher. From there I worked in the corporate world predominantly in Staff, Training, and HR. In my youth, I very briefly dabbled in modeling. I hold a teaching degree and certificate, a BA in the Teaching of Speech Communication, and a Masters in Organizational Behavior and OD Consulting. When the ODI existed, I was a Registered OD Consultant. What does all this mean? I believe in lateral growth and continuous learning regardless of age. This philosophy applies to Photography as well. I am a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), KelbyOne, and an attendee of a Vision Explorers Fine Art workshop with Joel Tjintjelaar, Julia Ann Gospodarou, and Sharon Tenenbaum. I have also attended workshops with Joe McNally, Scott Kelby, and RC Concepcion. (I am also a longtime follower of Peter Hurley.)
Since it seems I am always learning and studying something related to photography I, on rare occasion, have accepted other assignments (e.g., weddings, products, school portraits). However, I am most at peace when creating works of art for myself or others – whether a black and white fine art image or color portrait. I take great care in planning, shooting, and meticulously post processing images, in order to create images you’ll enjoy for a lifetime.
I have several important photography blogs here at this site for those of you who found me. If you are looking to improve your photography skills or if you are ready to hire a professional photographer, be sure to check them out as they contain helpful hints. One discusses things to look for when reviewing portfolios. Another talks about differences in group corporate photography services. Still another is related to wedding photography. There’s also help on choosing backgrounds and getting yourself psyched up for a photoshoot when you are not feeling that great about yourself. Read them, and if you find them helpful, please be sure to share them on social media.
For those interested in learning photography, KelbyOne delivers world class performance-based training. They provide video instruction by many of the world’s top photographers, and they provide instruction in Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, retouching, web design, the business of photography, gear selection, and more. All of the resources are phenomenal, and I can’t thank the people behind them enough for the joy, knowledge, and life experiences they spawn.