Photography is my way of slowing down and observing the world around me. After 13 years in the hustle and bustle of corporate copywriting, I realized I spent more time focused on my to-do list and was rarely present in my environment. Exploring nature became a way for me to disconnect and de-stress, and through photography, I began to appreciate the beautiful natural wonders I so often overlooked. 

As a writer, one of the first things I learned was to show, not tell. I try to apply this technique to my photography. With each frame I take, I think of the final image and what I want the viewer to experience. Perhaps it’s the mood of a gloomy day or the reminder that even weeds can be beautiful in the golden sun. I often invite the viewer to explore those tiny details they may have missed, such as the delicate curve of a flower petal or the way the light hits a leaf. 

Through my photos, I hope to encourage others to see the beauty in the everyday. As Henry David Thoreau said, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” You don’t have to travel to a vacation setting to experience the beauty of nature. You just have to open your eyes—you never know what you may see when you take a closer look.