When I turned 16 years old and had enough money saved, I decided to buy a Pentax K1000, my first SLR camera. I remember taking photographs in the acres behind our house from such subjects as our family Shih Tzu Chewy, Queen Anne's lace flowers and casual family and friend get-togethers. From there, my love for photography has continued to grow over the last 25+ years. And after having lived in Arizona the last several years, I know that I would not have seen so much of California, Arizona and countries in Europe if it weren't for my camera. What a great excuse to get out and photograph.

 

My husband John and I live in San Diego, CA along with our college-aged daughter Tylo and two rescued fur babies. Our Australian Shepard mix Sunnie is an 8 year old puppy with endless energy and loyalty to her family. Our Wheaten Terrier mix Daisy is 4 years old and constantly eager to learn more commands with her latest being "give me your paw" when spoken in French as well as another command called "Circus Dog" which you just have to see to know. My other loves are mountain biking, audio books, knitting and woodworking. I know, it's an odd combination but it works!

 

Additionally, I've volunteered my time and services for non-profit organization Arizona Highways Photo Workshops (www.ahpw.org) the last six years working with both photographers and participants. Our mission is to educate, motivate and inspire by promoting cultural, historical and scenic wonders of Arizona as well as other states. From June 2013 to October 2015, I participated on a committee in creating our very first Symposium and Gala where we celebrated 30 years as an organization and raised over $3,500 in scholarship funds. We hope to exceed that amount at our next Symposium scheduled for November 2017. Most recently I worked as Mentor Chairperson creating and facilitating a mentor program with other committee members for all new organization volunteers.

 

If you are interested in pet photography (dogs, cats, horses, hamsters etc - I don't discriminate!), please reach out to me either through this website or email arrowhead85048@gmail.com.

 

Cheers! Joanne