Monday Minutes- Meet your Photographer

April 30, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Meet Your Photographer

My name is Gwen and I live in Kalamazoo, MI.  Spending time with family means everything to me.  I come from a fun, loving, supportive, sarcastic family.  I married my husband June 24, 2017.   He is every bit of fun, loving, supportive and sarcastic I could have asked for. 

I enjoy cooking and love the outdoors.  I enjoy kayaking, nature walks, disc golf, skiing and geocaching. 

While I do not have an interest in living in a busy city I sure do love to explore and enjoy the culture of different cities. 

As a child I loved the arts.  For good grades, I asked my parents for sketch books, painting tools, and of course photo albums to store my photographs.  After school I didn’t play sports, I drew in my sketch book.  Like my dad, at family events I’m always the one behind the camera.

My first photography class was at Kalamazoo Valley Community College in the darkroom. At first, I was upset that I couldn’t jump right into digital photography. I thought I was losing my way of creativity but it was just the opposite.  After I started the class I loved the darkroom.  The element of surprise was so much fun, it added that sense of adventure to what I was doing.  I truly wish I had more time to spend in the darkroom.

During my bachelor degree I exhibited my art at the Grand Rapids Art Prize and several times at Western Michigan University.  I graduated from WMU in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photography and Intermedia. 

Today I enjoy photographing many different things.  I use photography as a means of expression and communication.  In my free time, I enjoy experimenting in the studio and meandering off to photograph.  My passion is in lifestyle photography.  I love the art of capturing life’s milestones in a candid manner.  I shoot mostly on location to tell stories about people’s lives in a setting that fits their personality.

Recently I launched my Etsy shop where I will be selling my prints.  Click here to stop by and check it out.  Thank you for your continued support.  For those of you I have not met yet I look forward to meeting you.


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