Career Photography

My 1st Published Photograph!

Photography has been such a rewarding hobby, and recent opportunities to expand my portfolio have come as  unwarranted favor. I have no training, no production software, no assistant, no credentials – just a camera and a passion to capture candid moments.  My Nikon is barely 6 months old, and yet I have been showered with creative possibilities to grow through photography.

Most recently, I was asked to execute a simple task, which blossomed into a bigger request, and later aided in achieving my goal to be published by my 30th birthday (mentioned in a previous post).


The queen of country hit-making, Reba, would grace the stage of the Holland Performing Arts Center for a special benefit concert and the local paper needed a few photos for show recap. “Easy enough,” I thought. Figuring the photo would be used for the website or archives, I researched my shot and prepped for a night of complex exposure.

“Easy enough,” turned out to be a front page story with a second page photo in the Sunday paper for the Omaha World Herald.  Being a performing arts organization, my employer has their pick of the city’s best photographers, and for some reason they asked me to fill-in.


In the same goal-outlining post mentioned earlier, I shared this : Bold lives require bold action.  A common characteristic shared by my favorite photographers, is boldness; fearless visionaries seeking to transform what the world sees as ordinary into something extraordinary. The trill of bold-photography is what puts me on the edge of cliffs, in the face of racing dirt bikes, experimenting with composition, embracing challenge and shamelessly asking for more!

Psalm 37:4 “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.  For the opportunities and recognition, I deserve no credit, because gifts are received – not taken. God is good and through Him I expect to welcome greater adventures than I could imagine…all for which I hope to be camera-ready!

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  • Reply
    Julie is HostessAtHeart
    October 29, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    You have to see it to be it! Awesome.

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    Cynthia Cover
    October 29, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Okay, this is impressive. It is even more amazing that you race dirt bikes. What a woman! I have to say I suck at photography but am trying to get better with some help from PicMonkey.

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      Adventure Culture
      October 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      Haha – Well thank you Cynthia (or is it Cindy?)! I leave the racing to my hubby, but like to ride along when I can. He makes for a much more impressive photo. 🙂

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    October 29, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Your photography is great! I am really trying to improve my food photography for my blog. There is so much to learn and LOTS of practice to be had, but I see myself getting better little by little.

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      Adventure Culture
      October 29, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      It really is trial and error, wouldn’t you agree? I like to ask photographers I meet, or bloggers I enjoy, for advice and keep notes 😉

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    October 29, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Great Job! The greatest of journeys starts with one step – right? Woohoo!

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    Leah Buller
    October 29, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Awesome, congrats! Your photos are great! I love photography too, but have A LOT to learn.

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    Erin (@herheartland)
    October 29, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Way to go girl!! I saw this photo and thought it was awesome!

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    October 30, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Congrats! I’ve been trying to improve my photography, but I still just always shoot on auto. My in-laws gave me basic photography lessons for Christmas last year, and I have yet to use them – yikes! Are you self-taught? Or have you had training?

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      Adventure Culture
      October 30, 2014 at 7:59 am

      My training goes about as far as asking photographers I know for advice. haha My talented hubby has been featured in a few magazines, so he has quite a collection of photographer buddies. I research a lot (youtube has some great tutorial channels) and study photographers I love; most are willing to share their tips and opinions. Where did you get lessons from? Rockbrook?

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