“Wandering reestablishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” - Anatole France
I am often asked, “Theresa, where are you headed next ?”…..with good reason, of course. The adventure and fulfillment of exploring exotic locations makes me desire to get out there and see it all. Born and bred in southern California, I was blessed with a very fortunate childhood. My mother gave me creativity and independence. My father gave me athletic skill and confidence, and my three, dear brothers provided me with wit, ingenuity and endurance. Family trips in the old motorhome had us making unexpected rest stops in rural America, spending hours seated on the curb licking popsicles and waiting for auto parts to arrive, dealing with a small vehicle fire, or listening intently to the CB radio, cheering Dad on as he tried to hitch a ride with a trucker. Then, there was the time I was “accidentally” left at a gas station in Montana and managed to survive a whole twenty minutes of abandonment on only one glazed donut and one small milk. These mishaps always became an integral part of “getting there” and are even remembered fondly. This is probably why I’ve taken to traveling the developing world–you never know what’s around the next turn but chances are you’re going to like it…or at least have a memorable experience and a pretty good story to tell. It’s also about perspective– seeing, hearing and interacting with people everywhere…the best education out there. It’s about celebrating our commonalities and accepting our differences, usually with a good dose of physical comedy.
The first camera I can remember using was a Vivitar 110, long and skinny like a jumbo ice cream sandwich with a built-in flash! My mother would occasionally let us each take one or two photos…all images were required to display at least one human being….so as not to “waste film.” Results of the first session are posted below. I had my brothers line up together in the woods behind the Prado and I remember trying to incorporate this very interesting fallen log into the frame…early notions of composition. More practice came with summer visits to Girl Scout camp. A whole roll of 12 or 24 exposures was at my disposal with 10 days to capture it all. Photo economics were key, only the very best memories were recorded. Then came a long series of instant, 35mm type cameras which were lost, broken or stolen on a yearly basis until 2002 when I purchased a Canon Rebel–soon replaced with the digital version, upgraded to the Canon 20D and then the 50D which is what I currently use. My travel gear includes two camera bodies and the following lenses: Canon EF 16-35 2.8, Canon 24-70 2.8 and Canon EF IS 70-200 2.8.
Local portrait photo sessions usually consist of some indoor studio-type poses and/or outdoor, carefully selected locations. I work with each client to personalize the session and achieve the desired results.