I love waking up early to capture the mist rising on the lake, or to witness the magic of storm light. A great photo takes planning, preparation and a bit of luck and timing, but it still feels like a gift when I’m out there and it all comes together. I love to tell stories with my pictures, too, and to travel the world seeking the light and the life of everything out there.”
After earning a degree in computer science, Brenda worked in the corporate world until 1985, until one day she just couldn’t do it anymore, and so decided to focus her energy and creativity in the direction of photography – specifically outdoor and travel photography. She specializes in creating strong compositions of the natural world, with an attention to light, color, form and texture. She also creates story-telling photographs of her cultural and adventure travels. Her images are used in ads, books, brochures, calendars, greeting cards, and a wide range of magazines throughout the world for a variety of clients, including National Geographic Books, Sunset, British Gas, Chronicle Books, Sierra Club Magazine, Nature Conservancy, Natural Museum of Chicago, Outdoor Photography, several inflight magazines, ATT, United Way and Red Cross. Audubon, The Presidio Trust, National Park Service, and Michelin Travel Publications.
Around the same time she began her career in photography, Brenda discovered that she loved to teach, to help others develop their photography skills and their creative vision. Today, she is an acclaimed workshop instructor and international tour leader. Brenda authored two books on photography,, and is a popular keynote speaker, having spoken to thousands of people across the country for The Mountaineers, ASMP, Century Club, Photo Plus Expo, Carolinas Nature Photographers Assoc., North American Nature Photographers Assoc., B&H Photo/Video, Fotoclave, and more.
Brenda is passionate about the outdoors. She is an adventurer and traveler, living the creative life, whenever she can pull herself away from office.
“Any day I can be outdoors in nature or traveling somewhere interesting is a great day! I am passionate about creating images that express a depth of feeling about locations I photograph, and through sharing my images in seminar, workshops and speaking engagements, I strive to inspire others and help them create artistic photographs of their own.