About Victoria

    I always said that when I get old and can’t do anything but sit around, that I wanted a lifetime of pictures to look at. I just have to make sure my eyesight stays good! I’ve loved cameras and pictures since childhood. I used to make up realistic scenes with my model horses and photograph them, and then enter contests to see who had the best images. Unfortunately, my photography lay dormant through high school and college since growing up offers a lot of interests and little money. My senior year in vet school re-awakened my passion. I planned to visit a variety of cool places on rotations, so I finally bought my first camera, a Minolta point and shoot. As I photographed everything, I made so many images at Mystic Marinelife Aquarium in Connecticut over my 6 week rotation that the local camera store knew me by name.
    Once I became a Veterinarian, I bought a better camera and took an adult education course to learn how to use it. While my camera was not the fanciest in the class I learned a lot. Then I heard about a weekend seminar by two prominent nature photographers. I was hooked. Their lifestyle and the amazing images they made entranced me. It would be many years before I could direct my life towards that end, but it was a fire that simmered deep down.
    As life moved on and I pursued my veterinary career I was forever drawn to photography. I would make images on my time off and dream about traveling. The ugly reality that making a living as a nature photographer is daunting at best kept me at my day job. After marrying my wonderful man, I pursued a B&W darkroom printing class. Creating images with my new macro (close-up) lens and then printing them opened up a whole new world. I loved the abstract images I created from getting up close and personal to all kinds of flora. I lived for the moment when the image would materialize on the paper.
    As life moved on, I was able to begin working for myself as a relief veterinarian. This allowed flexibility in my work schedule and happiness at being free from a boss. That along with my ever supportive husband allowed me to put more time into pursuing my goals. I now have the opportunity to travel and photograph a variety of wildlife and nature all over the country.
    Our national park system is a wonder. The scenery our country has to offer is amazing and diverse, from jagged peaks, to prairie and plains to tidal zones and the great blue ocean, to forests of youth and old growth. It overwhelms the senses and gives flight to the imagination!
    Then there’s the wildlife. Our country hosts a huge variety of wildlife. While some are harder to observe than others, it’s a real treat to see them in their natural habitat.
    I have learned and experienced so much; it’s been a whirlwind of new things. I can’t see it all, yet I wish there was more. Animals are a great love and I want to merge that with my art. There are many organizations and groups that can use my help; I need to find what fits me. I plan to concentrate on the nature and wildlife of Virginia in the upcoming years. From there, who knows what I’ll discover.
Gear List

  • Canon 5D Mark II

  • Gitzo tripod

  • Canon 400mm f5.6 lens

  • Canon 16-35mm f2.8

  • Canon 24-70mm f2.8

  • Canon 70-200mm f2.8

  • Canon 100mm Macro f2.8

  • Sigma 300-800mm f5.6

  • Hi-Tech split neutral density filters

  • Singh Ray warming circular polarizers