Our Photographic Family

Meet the photographers who donate their work to keep our Healing Images affordable.

Dewitt Jones

Dewitt Jones has spent his life making incredible images. As a motion picture director, he had two films nominated for Academy Awards before he was thirty. Twenty years as a freelance photographer for National Geographic earned him a reputation as a world class photojournalist. In advertising, he photographed campaigns for clients including Dewar’s Scotch, Canon, and United Airlines.

He has published nine books, and his column, Basic Jones, appears monthly in Outdoor Photographer magazine. Dewitt is also a world class public speaker and his training films on creativity are used throughout the world. www.dewittjones.com

Lynette Sheppard

Lynette Sheppard has had a long career in the healing arts. A Registered Nurse, she ran both an ICU and a CCU before she was 30. She is a certified hypnotherapist, a published author on the Enneagram, and a nationally known blogger on female menopause at menopausegoddessblog.com

She is also a superb photographer. Calling herself a "professional amateur", she has worked with her husband Dewitt for years teaching classes in "photography and healing" on the island of Molokai. 1000 Healing Images is for her the perfect synthesis of her art and healing passions.

Steve Uzzell

Steve Uzzell started in the photography business 38 years ago as the assistant to the editor of National Geographic and a member of their photographic staff. Today, he is one of America's top advertising and corporate photographers, with a client list including many of the Fortune 500.

His work has garnered international acclaim and won numerous awards, including ten from Communication Arts. He has photographed two books, Maryland, and The View From Sterling Bluff and had editorial work published in over 100 publications. www.steveuzzell.com

Susan Lambert

Susan Lambert’s career in photography began in 1978 with a Master's degree in Photography from Webster University. She has worked as a photography instructor and as a commercial photographer specializing in large format architectural photography.

She has published two books: "State Fair-The Great Minnesota Get-Together," and "Minnesota County Fairs: Kids, Cows, Carnies, and Chow". These projects took more than three years to complete and included visiting all 87 counties in Minnesota and putting over 30,000 miles on her car in the process!

Susan's career also includes inspirational speaking. Her presentation, "The Power of Creativity: Remembering the Things We Already Know," is in high demand on the lecture circuit.

Dick Durrance

Dick Durrance produced half of the pictures for a National Geographic cover story while still a student at Dartmouth.

After serving as a combat photographer in Viet Nam, capturing a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the Military Photographs of the Year competition, he returned to the Geographic, where he was named Magazine Photographer of the Year.

He migrated into advertising, where he was selected by his peers in the American Society of Media Photographers as their Advertising Photographer of the Year.

He now speaks to health care professionals, association executives, and students, helping them open the door to their next opportunity. www.dickdurrance.com

Susan Drinker

Susan Drinker has been a professional photographer for 28 years, handling all kinds of photographic assignments from studio work and advertising. In 1991 she became the first woman ever awarded a Marlboro assignment and her prestigious clients include United Airlines, National Geographic, Canon Copiers, the Hines Corporation, Franklin Covey, and Houghton Mifflin.

Her most recent documentary project is an intimate celebration of survivors of all types of cancer titled — Putting a Face on Cancer™. Portraits, coupled with quotes chosen by the subjects, reflect the appreciation for life, the courage of battling the disease and the joy of regaining a healthy body. As a melanoma survivor herself, it is an ongoing work of passion and honesty.

Jonathan Kingston

Jonathan Kingston is a contributing photographer to the National Geographic Image Collection and is based in Bend, Oregon. His work has won awards in both the Communication Arts and PDN photo annual’s. He also teaches a number of photographic workshops around the country. When not working, Jonathan spends his time rock climbing, surfing and snowboarding. www.kingstonimages.com

Tony Sweet

After successful careers as a jazz musician, an educator, and a professional magician, Tony settled on photography as his chosen means for personal expression. His photography has been published worldwide and his images are used by Nikon, NikSoftware, Singh Ray, Alien Skin, Lensbaby, and others for national ad campaigns.

Tony has authored five books on the art of photography and his articles and images are featured in Shutterbug and Rangefinder magazines. He is also a contributor to nikonusa.com and a staff instructor for betterphoto.com.

Ginna Fleming

Ginna Fleming is a freelance photographer who lives in Marin County, California. Her photography stems from her interest in people and cultures around the world, which began more than 40 years ago when she served in the Peace Corps in Nigeria. Her retirement from a career in managing public and non-profit programs for children allowed her to concentrate full time on a second career in photography.

Her images have been published in magazines and exhibited in juried gallery shows, as well as in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. She has published a number of photo books, including one based on the work of nonprofit organizations in Afghanistan improving education and health for women and children in that war-torn country.

John Barclay

John Barclay is an award wining freelance photographer based in Bucks County, PA. John is also a passionate workshop leader and an enthusiastic inspirational speaker, presenting his program "Dream – Believe – Create" to audiences around the country. John's work has been published in numerous books and has been used by Nik Software, Topaz Labs and Lensbaby in their advertising campaigns. Recently, John was the recipient of an excellence award from B&W Magazine.

Dan Sniffin

Dan has loved photography since his childhood in Bakersfield, CA. He loves nothing better than to be out in nature, camera in hand, in search of a beautiful image. He is a member of the Spectrum Gallery in Fresno, California and has had work exhibited in the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite. He has won awards from National Geographic and has been featured in National Geographic Traveler. "Early in my photography journey, I believed that my photography was for and about me. As the years have passed, I've learned that my photography is about the effect it has on the person experiencing it – and the meaning it holds for them!"

Tim May

Tim, a retired public school teacher who considers himself an "avid-amateur" photographer, has been lucky enough to travel extensively throughout the world with camera in hand making images to share the beauty of what he sees. He believes strongly in the power of images to heal and unite people and to sometimes make them smile or laugh. He has been in several local shows in his hometown of Petaluma, California, including being a featured artist at the local hospital.

Lloyd Williams

Lloyd Williams is a Colorado-based photographer who specializes in nature photography and abstract images. He photographs as a way of seeing, appreciating and sharing the beauty around him. Although his first love is nature photography, he enjoys working with a wide variety of subjects.

Lloyd's tightly-composed images feature strong graphic elements and the creative use of natural light. He began photographing nature in the early 1970s using traditional film and darkroom techniques in both black-and-white and color. Today, he uses state-of-the-art digital imaging equipment and post-processing techniques to capture his vision and share it in a variety of media including the world wide web.

His work has appeared in the book American Vision; in magazines such as Outdoor and Nature Photography, Nature Photographer and other publications. www.lloydwphoto.com 

 
 
Wayne Hill

Two major influences in Wayne's early years shaped his future: his family's immersion in art, and his summers in Maine. He learned that the power of art will influence the feelings of people. Wayne spent summers in Seal Cove, Maine. He roamed the waters and forests of Acadia National Park. These childhood experiences imprinted his head and heart with a passion for unspoiled nature. After graduating from Dartmouth, Wayne spent invaluable time with the revered photographic artist Ansel Adams in Yosemite. Adams has remained a powerful influence of Wayne's art. He became familiar with most of America's magnificent national parks, investing hundreds of weeks hiking, exploring, and making photographs. This time has made him a lifelong believer in the power of nature to nurture those who are confined in healthcare facilities. Many of his images can be reviewed at www.HILLArt.com. He has a split personality: an environmental psychologist by training and an artist at heart. It is his respect for the calming power of nature that guide his art creation. He loves to guide clients on fine art photography that will enhance the patient and visitor experience. He built his fine art business to be nationwide, having served most of the Fortune 100 firms and dozens of hospitals. Wayne's art has reduced stress for health care staff—and improved employee retention. He uses art to make hospitals pleasant for patients, staff and visitors who often need an antidote to stress or bland interiors. Wayne is married with four fine children and three beautiful grandchildren. His leisure interests include international travel, swing dancing, wine and gourmet cooking, instructing blind skiers, hot air ballooning and music. He is active on the Board of the National Park Trust.

George D. Lepp

One of North America's best-known contemporary outdoor and nature photographers and a leader in the field of digital imaging, George Lepp is the author of many books and the field editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine, where his Tech Tips column has appeared monthly for 27 years. He is a dedicated teacher who promotes nature photography as a key to understanding and conserving the natural world. Lepp's photography has been featured in international campaigns for major corporations, including Canon, Epson, and Microsoft, and he was one of the first to be named to Canon USA's prestigious Explorers of Light and Printmasters programs, featuring the industry's most influential photographers. First trained in wildlife and wildlands management, Lepp later earned a BA and an honorary MSc from Brooks Institute of Photography.

Valerie Millett

Born and raised in Southern California. I grew up near the Newport Beach where I was a long time body surfer and all around beach girl. A complete tomboy and dirt bike rider and always an explorer and avid hiker. After High School, I attended Fullerton College and majored in Fine Arts where I was awarded The Don Hendricks Memorial Scholarship Award I've been a professional watercolor painter for many years. Moving to Arizona 15 years ago, I continued hiking and painting. A few years ago, I decided to chronicle my hiking in a blog and started photographing my journeys. Since then, my passion for photography has blossomed. I'm still exploring the Southwest bit by bit, here in Arizona and also in Utah and Colorado this past year.

Larry Ulrich

Larry Ulrich began his career in photography selling at street fairs and craft shows throughout the West Coast. When he discovered that publishers would buy his images for books and calendars, he quit lugging around prints and frames to shoot stock images full time.  

Teamwork is essential to Larry's photography.  His wife Donna travels along as a second set of eyes and chief field critic.  They have been traveling together and making a living with a camera since 1972.  Larry and Donna's most recent books include Wildflowers of California, Wildflowers of the Plateau and Canyon Country, Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest, Beyond the Golden Gate: California's North Coast from Companion Press, and Big Sur to Big Basin: California's Dramatic Central Coast from Chronicle Books. Larry and Donna live in Trinidad, California.

 
Paulette Mertes

Paulette Mertes, originally from Chicago, began her photography career as a photojournalist over 20 years ago earning several Associated Press awards and the Tribune President's Award.  She went on to specialize in portrait, commercial and nature photography and currently owns a photography studio in West Hartford, Connecticut. She has been awarded Connecticut Professional Photography Association's Photographer of the Year the last 4 years in a row and earned international recognition from Professional Photographers of America when awarded Photographer of the Year three years running.  Mertes has several images in the prestigious PPA Permanent Loan Collection and was honored with the Canon Award of Excellence for her overall body of work, including portrait and nature photography. http://pmertes.com

Dan Charnitsky

Daniel Charnitsky is a photo enthusiast from the east coast, USA.  Although landscape, macro, and candid portrait photography are his primary interest, Dan loves taking images of “anything” that passes in front of his lens.  He tries to specialize in not specializing – claiming it’s key in his constant learning process.

Dan’s work is presented on his website  www.dancphotography.com with his belief that photography is simply “Expressions of Light.” Dan has traveled to 33 countries in search of unique images form different environments and cultures.

His work has received blue ribbon and court of honor awards in the Professional Photographers Association regional and district competitions.  He recently was a guest blogger on Rick Sammon’s web site.

Mark S. Johnson

Mark S. Johnson is an Adobe Photoshop luminary, a photographer, an author, and one of the most passionate instructors you will ever encounter.  Through the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, The Radiant Vista, and Boulder Digital Arts, he has lectured in front of and worked side-by-side with countless individuals, including Adobe’s Chief Executive Officers, Jane Goodall, the U.S. Ambassador to Finland, and Academy Award winning director, Louie Psihoyos.  Mark's tutorials appear regularly on the KelbyOne and Planet Photoshop websites, and his imagery and articles have been featured in Photoshop User, Photo Techniques, Nature’s Best, and After Capture magazines.  He is a contributor to Dewitt Jones' heartwarming Healing Images campaign and a Trey Ratcliff Flatbooks author.  Watch hundreds of Mark's inspiring and entertaining Photoshop tutorials at www.msjphotography.com.

Larry C. Pennington

My favorite place on earth is Kentucky. I was born in Blue Diamond, Leslie Co. and raised on a dairy farm in Pulaski Co. I moved to Winchester in 1969 after graduation from Pulaski Co. High School and Somerset Vocational and Technical School. I was drafted into the US Army, serving one year in Viet Nam. I worked in a printing company for 33 years.

I started taking photos as a teenager with Instamatic cameras. Now I use digital Canon. My interests are many, including landscapes, nature, equine, flower and people, with landscapes being my favorite subject. My combination of composition, color and light transforms each subject into unique and powerful photographs. I hope my images will promote the beauty in landscape, nature and people that God has placed all around us.

I am a juried member of Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and the Winchester Art Guild. I have exhibited my work at Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen, and The Artisan Center, Berea KY Winchester Art Guild and Gateway Regional Arts Center. http://scenickentucky.net

G. Brad Lewis

G. Brad Lewis is internationally recognized as a volcano and nature photographer. His volcano images have appeared on the covers of a number of magazines including Life, Natural History, Photographer’s Forum and Geo, and within the pages of Time, Outside, Fortune, Newsweek, Stern, National Geographic and many other publications. Additionally, Brad’s photographs have received numerous awards, and been widely exhibited. Interviews with Brad have been broadcast on the NBC Today Show, CBS Evening News, Discovery Channel programs and several others. Print interviews and photo essays of his work have been featured in many magazines, including Photo District News, DigitalFoto, Studio Photography & Design and Outdoor Photographer.

His photographs are found in numerous private, corporate and public collections around the world, as well as in fine galleries. His work is also available through major stock photo agencies.

Inspired by nature’s diverse beauty, Brad is based out of Hawai’I, Utah and Alaska, traveling several months each year to pursue his art. www.volcanoman.com

Bob Fugate

Bob Fugate is a New Mexico based landscape and nature photographer. His professional career has been dedicated to optical and atmospheric physics, and a technology called laser guide star adaptive optics in particular. His work has been the key enabler for Earth's largest ground-based telescopes to see the universe in unprecedented detail by compensating for the blurring effects of atmospheric turbulence, and has paved the way for a revolution in ground-based astronomy. His digital SLR astrophotography has been exhibited by invitation at the city of West Palm Beach's Lake Pavillion, and he has received awards in the New Mexico Magazine annual photo contest, and is the recipient of the Photographic Society of America's Progress Medal, putting him in the company of Ansel Adams, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Art Wolfe, George Lepp, and others. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. www.rqfphoto.com

Fran Reisner

Fran Reisner, an international award winning photographer, has a passion for capturing the beauty of this world in her images.  After earning her BA degree in Commercial Photography from Brooks Institute located in Santa Barbara California in 1985, Fran operated a successful photography business in the San Francisco Bay area for a number of years. When life took her to Texas in 1997, she re-established herself in what would become a highly acclaimed portrait/wedding studio in the Dallas area. There she is best known for the innovative style of her imagery, bringing out a sense of warmth and sensitivity in her portraits, creating storytelling images… always delightful to the eye, as well as the heart and soul.

As a means of staying true to her art, Fran nurtures her passion with a periodic “journey of discovery”. In the fall of 2006 her journey led her to Italy, where she captured the grace and beauty of this country in evocative studies of light and shadow. A number of these images can be found in her first book, A Personal Renaissance, a limited edition, self published coffee table book. Her second book, The Dogs of Central Park,  published by Rizzoli Universe, was released in the spring of 2011 to rave reviews. Fran dedicated this book to “all those who give so selflessly of their time and efforts on behalf of the millions of helpless animals around the globe,” and donates part of the proceeds from every book purchased directly through her to animal rescue organizations.

Fran’s journeys have taken her to many foreign places, but recently she has been wandering closer to home. Home being all over the US. With a few precise destinations in mind she meanders from one to the next with her dogs, Jazzy and Sadie, discovering and photographing the amazing diversity and beauty of our country. While traveling she is working on more books in her dog series, as well as journaling her adventures and images from the road on her blog site www.JourneyInFocus.com

Fran has been honored with her Photographic Master and Craftsman degrees, has won numerous national and international awards for her work, has been awarded three times as Dallas Photographer of the Year, and was honored as one of Canon's elite “Explorers of Light”. She is an international speaker, has been published in more than 50 books and magazines and has been featured on both Good Day Dallas and Good Morning Texas. www.franreisner.com

Amalia Elena Veralli

A native New Yorker, I have called Vermont my home for more than 35 years.  My photographic journey began in a black and white darkroom.   For the past ten years my main focus has been on nature, especially flowers.  www.amaliaphotography.com

I believe all beauty is meant to draw us to the creator, to fill our lives with serenity and purpose and to nourish, inspire and strengthen us. Often when photographing a flower, I’m aware of being transported to another realm in which my heart opens more fully to the heart of God.  My passion is to portray the otherworldly beauty of creation in my photographs and share that experience with others.

Observing the amazing intricacy of flowers requires time we don’t often take. But doing so can open one’s soul in celebration.  It can awaken in us the beauty that is an important part of our own innermost spirit, our true nature.  It can reveal the divine mystery and wisdom that mirrors hope and goodness in our world.

It leads to transformation!

Lynne Buchanan

Lynne Buchanan’s interest in art began in college, where she earned a degree in art history.  She went on to earn a Master’s Degree in art history and worked in museums and art galleries in Washington, D. C. and New York City.  After she raised three children, Lynne began studying photography seriously, taking workshops with world-class photographers around the country.  Though she is largely self-taught, her work has won local, regional, and international awards and her photographs have been exhibited in several solo exhibitions including an exhibit of rivers in Florida at the South Florida Museum.  She is currently a featured artist in the City of Gainesville, Florida, near her hometown of Micanopy. 

In addition to being a photographer, Lynne is a yoga instructor and is certified in the Amherst Writing Method, a method designed to help people connect with their creative voice.  She is also the recipient of a master’s degree in Creative Writing and was formerly the editor of Sunscripts, the journal of the Florida Suncoast Writers.  Lynne is a strong believer in the healing power of art, both in terms of appreciating and creating art.  Her photography, writing and yoga classes help people heal and become more connected.  She shares her work publicly through lectures and her website and blog: www.lynnebuchanan.com and lynnebuchanan.blogspot.com.

Nevada Wier

Nevada Wier is a multiple award-winning photographer specializing in documenting the remote corners and cultures of the world. Nevada's journeys have taken her throughout the deserts, mountains, and urban jungles of the globe. She has been published in numerous national and international publications, including: National Geographic, Geo, National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, and Smithsonian. Getty, Corbis, and National Geographic Images represent her stock photography. Her fine-art prints are featured in numerous public and private collections. Nevada is a well-known keynote speaker and workshop and seminar instructor. She is currently on tour with the National Geographic Traveler seminar series. She is a Fellow of The Explorer’s Club, a member of the Women’s Geographic Society, and an Adobe Influencer. Please visit her website www.nevadawier.com

Jack Davis

Jack “Wow” Davis is one of the world’s leading experts on Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. He is an award-winning designer, photographer and painter and coauthor of the bestselling guides to Photoshop: The Photoshop Wow! Book (over two million copies in 12 languages), Jack is a renowned spokesperson on digital imagery, teaching at workshops around the world. A member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame, he is one of the Dream Team instructors at Photoshop World. His goal mantra is Quality, Flexibility and Speed, and his desire is to ignite a passion for the creative process in all he gets to share with!

Bruce Dale

For 30 years Bruce Dale worked exclusively for National Geographic and resulted in more than 2,000 published photographs. In addition to many awards, one of his photographs now journeys beyond the solar system on board NASA's Voyager Spacecraft, as testimony about planet Earth. Another was selected to grace a U.S. postage stamp.

Besides the beauty of his landscape pictures, Dale’s adaptation of technology to highly complex challenges has always stretched the boundaries of the field. For a story on Aviation Safety, he mounted a pair of cameras on the tail of a jumbo jet to produce photos that ran on the cover and as a three-page fold-out. (Recently selected as one of the “50 Greatest Photographs” for National Geographic.)

Dale considers his most important work is the documentary photography he did while traveling with Gypsies from England to India, and his American Mountain People work – both published as books by National Geographic. Visit: www.brucedale.com

Ron Rosenstock

Ron's early studies in photography were with master photographers Minor White and Paul Caponigro. He went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in photography from Goddard College. Since then, Ron has created images around the world and exhibited his work in numerous galleries and museums. His shows have included a retrospective solo exhibit at the Worcester Art Museum in 2011-12 and most recently a solo exhibit at the National Museum of Iceland in Reykjavik.

Ron's photographs are in the permanent collections of the Fogg Art Museum, the Worcester Art Museum, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the International Center of Photography and the Polaroid Collection. Ron has published seven books of his photographs and many articles on the art and craft of photography.  He is a frequent lecturer to social, community and professional groups as well as an international photo tour leader for Strabo Tours. His tour destinations include: Ireland, Iceland, Morocco, Italy, Peru, Bhutan, Greece, Cuba, Greenland, New Zealand, the Czech Republic and Vinalhaven, Maine.   www.ronrosenstock.com

Kim Baker

A Denver native, I grew up appreciating the great outdoors. Studied art throughout high school and college, but didn't get into photography until the late 1990's, early 2000's. I started as the designated family vacation photographer, where I worked mostly with landscapes and wildlife. I studied composition and tried different techniques. Many people suggested I try to sell my photographs as greeting cards. After attending a Conservation Photography Workshop in the Fall of 2014, I discovered this type of storytelling is where my heart and passion thrives. I received the Colorado Nature Conservancy Photo of the Month award for February 2015, and was a Semi-Finalist in the 2014 Share the View Contest through the Audubon Society of Denver. My other passion and work revolves around horses, animals, yoga, and holistic healing methods. I am an internationally recognized author, photographer, speaker, and clinician. I hold a BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona, and a MS in Integrated Sciences from the University of Colorado. My unique understanding and connection with the animals translates into my photography work. I strive to capture the true essence of a place, being, or animal. Learn more at www.KimBakerMedia.com

Richard Spener

Richard Spener has been a dedicated photographer for 40 years.  He is a retired business owner from St. Louis, Missouri who now devotes his time to photography.

Richard is an advocate for wilderness.  As an adventurer and photographer, wilderness trips add an extra dimension to his photography.  Richard is an avid paddler and uses his kayak to get closer to the wildlife he loves to photograph. 

His wilderness exhibit was displayed at the Missouri History Museum and then traveled throughout the state for 18 months.  His images have appeared in local and national publications.  Richard presents seminars on photography on a regular basis.  He is passionate about Alaska and has traveled to Alaska 20 times to photograph and explore wild places.  He combines his love of photography and wilderness as a regular contributor to the Alaska Wilderness League Publications.  richardspenerphotography.com

Katherine Feng

Dr. Katherine Feng is an American born Chinese.  Her interest in photography had its beginnings while she was a work-study student at Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine.  After leaving the veterinary profession in 1993, Katherine started leading special interest tours to China.  From 2002 – 2006  Katherine spent 6 – 9 months a year in Wolong Nature Reserve as a volunteer to document the efforts of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda to save the giant panda from extinction.  

Katherine’s images have been published in numerous calendars, books and major international magazines including National Geographic, Paris Match and Geo.  She has won the Endangered Species Category in the Nature’s Best Photography  Windland Smith Rice International Awards Competition and her images are featured in a Children’s book,” Panda Kindergarten”.

Katherine continues to pursue her passion of photographing and protecting China’s wildlife.  While still cooperating with the giant panda conservation and research centers, she has expanded her efforts to other nature reserves and animals, focusing on endangered species and their habitats.   Katherine is a Senior Fellow of the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers.

Eileen Muldoon

Eileen is a fine arts photographer living and working in Jamestown, RI. Her photographic style has been described as painterly, but she prefers to attribute her style to the gift that photography has given her to see the world with the eyes of an artist. She uses natural light as a means to express emotion.

Cartier–Bresson knew when he captured the "decisive moment" in his street photography. Eileen too, has expressed the joy of capturing that moment, but in a very different manner. Her "decisive moment" is when she feels she loses herself to her subject & knows there is a complete union. She believes that her finest images all share that moment.

When Eileen is not working on her art, she is teaching photography at local, regional and international workshops. Her work has been exhibited at Newport Art Museum, The Providence Art Club, Mystic Arts Center and numerous galleries throughout New England and New York. Additionally, Eileen has had two books published and is currently working on her third. www.imageloftphoto.com

Barbara Jordan

Barbara grew up in California.  She now enjoys the beauty of living at 7200' in the mountains of Southern California.  Barbara spent her childhood years camping and hiking with her father.  Her love of the outdoors is what led her into photography as a career. 

Barbara's photo credits include National Geographic, National Geographic Books, Swiss Air, Turner South, Shutterbug Magazine, Inland Empire Magazine, Jetsetting, First Air of Canada, On the Mountain, Tamdeia AG, MTV; “The Best of Nature Photography, Images and Techniques of the Pros” a book by Amherst Media, newspapers, local magazines and numerous websites. Several environmental organizations have featured Barbara’s work, such as the Endangered Species Coalition, Environmental Protection Agency and Save the Estuaries

Barbara has attempted to put emphasis on the environment and endangered species. Barbara has a special desire to educate children about the environment by developing their interest in the animals and their habitat needs. She has been most encouraged by the interest in her website and photography shown by the many visitors that have emailed her. She hopes that her photography will have an effect on others by causing them to be touched by the beauty of nature. www.barbarajordan.com

David Lewis

David C Lewis is a physician and a serious amateur photographer. The innovative nature of  Healing Images is particularly meaningful to Dr. Lewis because he has seen first hand how art can enhance the environment for patient care.

His specialty of Addiction Medicine entails far away travel  creating a perfect opportunity for nature photography which is his passion.

His current inspiration for becoming a better photographer  comes from attending nearly all the conferences of  the North American Nature Photography Association and from kind mentoring by pros like George Lepp.

His website is www.DavidCLewisphotography.com

Jeff Foott

Jeff is a former National Park Ranger, Exum climbing guide and is an escapee marine biologist.  He left science for a higher platform to speak from, to make a plea for sanity in the environment. He has produced and shot over 40 conservation-orientated films, for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, BBC, PBS ETC.

His still pictures have been published internationally, in National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Geo, Natures Best, Outdoor Photographer  Magazine-Sierra Club, Audubon, Self Realization and many other calendars.

He is an ILCP Fellow, and a former professional advisor to Outdoor Photographer Magazine. Getty, Corbis and Nature Picture Library represent his work.

He teaches and leads trips for Visionary Wild and Joe Van Os Photo safaris.

He splits his time between Jackson Hole Wyoming and Moab Utah. www.jfoottphotography.com

Gordon & Cathy Illg

Gordon and Cathy Illg have been full time nature photographers since 2000. Now their livelihood is dependent upon their ability to share the magic of wild things and wild places with other photographers. Their work is widely published and includes numerous covers of magazines like Backpacker, Defenders, National Geographic Young Explorer, Ranger Rick and National Wildlife. Several of their images decorate the tails of Frontier Airlines’ jets, and they’ve done well in photo contests, the highlight of which was being flown to London to accept awards in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest. Both of their first two books, Dynamic Wildlife Photography and Worshipping With A Camera, have been well received, and they lead nature photography tours under the name Adventure Photography. www.advenphoto.com

Aeon Jones

Aeon Jones is a Las Vegas-based Desert Southwest Landscape photographer.  He has won several awards and been published both nationally and internationally.

Aeon first fell in love with photography when he got the opportunity to travel from Australia to France via surface travel over a period of 13 months.  He taught himself all things photography and continues to seek out big, dramatic landscapes in Nevada, Utah, Arizona and California.

He can be found in the spring and fall making the rounds of regional art festivals or getting lost in incredible scenery. When not working festivals or working at creating engaging images he likes to be celebrating the outdoors by mountain biking, climbing and hiking with his family.

As a disabled veteran of the US Air Force, Aeon is actively promoting Healing Images to VA hospitals whenever he gets the opportunity.  His website is www.aeonjones.com

Joan Cooke

Joan Cooke is a San Diego native whose interest in photography began in the year 2000 when her husband gave her one of those new-fangled digital cameras with a whopping 2.5 megapixels. Since then Joan has learned a few things by taking numerous photo workshops and sharing time with accomplished fellow photographers. "My photography is about finding and recording beauty in nature, and exploring different ways of seeing ordinary things. I also love the special view from above and am privileged to have regular opportunities to photograph the earth from this vantage point.

Ilene Meyers

Beauty surrounds us.  My goal as a photographer is to capture that beauty and share it with other people.  When I am out in nature in the early morning for sunrise or late in the evening at sunset, I marvel at what appears before me.  I forget about time and space as I work to gather my images.  Photography is a meditative experience for me.

I live in Colorado where I have ample opportunities to hike and capture scenes in beautiful places.  I have the good fortune to travel to wonderful locations in the USA and around the world to gather my images.  I continue to be amazed by the gifts that nature gives to us.

It is my wish that my photographs will help bring peace, tranquility, hope and happiness to anyone who sees them.  To view more of my work, please visit my website: www.ilenemeyers.com.

Lynn McDowell

Working in wild bird rehabilitation lead Lynn on the path to photography. With the privilege of daily caring for the wild birds, she came to appreciate each as an individual and developed an intimate relationship with the natural world.  Her photography comes from this gratitude and reverence.

Needing another way to connect with nature after leaving her wildlife work, Lynn found photography.  Once again she was immersed in the awe and wonder of the natural world. Photography inspires her creativity and spirit; being outside, finding beauty, watching the quality of light, or sharing a moment in the life of a bird, insect or plant.  Sometimes an image will be a quick “catch it if you can” but she loves spending time creating a picture by getting to know the life around her.   Watching this ever changing synergy of light, life and their surroundings, Lynn appreciates how essential each is to the other’s wellbeing.  She shoots to include this interconnection in her images.  When shooting, it is important for her to be an observer and not disturb the surrounding life but to watch for the gifts of the moment. Living in the mid-atlantic area, her work primarily focuses on this varied beautiful region but includes other areas of the country as well.  Through her fine art photography, she loves the opportunity to share and connect with our amazing natural world.  www.lynnmcdowell.photoshelter.com

Charles Needle

Charles Needle is a California-based fine art photographer, author, speaker and workshop leader who specializes in capturing nature's essence with heart, sensitivity and unique vision.

His award-winning images have been called "visual meditations," because they often evoke powerful emotions, forcing viewers to slow down and appreciate the beauty and wonder of nature in all its grandeur and intimate detail.

Charles is especially interested in how the craft of nature photography itself can be a "meditative practice" and therapeutic tool.  In 1995, he was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, having been completely bed-ridden for a year, and made a full recovery, in large part, from discovering his passion for photography.

In 2000, Charles produced a soothing and relaxing DVD, entitled The Healing Power of Nature: Visual Therapy for Stress Reduction & Wellness, which plays in more than 200 healthcare facilities nationwide.

To learn more about Charles' healing journey, visit http://www.charlesneedlephoto.com.

Scott Mead

Based on the island of Maui in Hawaii, Scott Mead started his photographic career early:  At the age of seven, during a Hawaiian family vacation, his grandfather presented him with a small Kodak Instamatic camera, a hand full of film cartridges, and told him to have fun. Some 30-plus years later, he’s still having fun, trudging deep into bamboo forests, climbing lava formations and hanging out of helicopters to capture some of Hawaii’s most dramatic landscapes.

As a fine art nature photographer, author and educator. Scott is considered a virtuoso at the use and manipulation of light in the camera, carefully selecting his subjects and locations to optimize the ever-changing luminosity and atmospheric conditions the Islands present. Tempered by patience and uncanny timing, Scott’s images depict an intense variation of light, fluidity and motion, capturing the pure essence and mana of Hawai’i through the lens. Learn more about Scott and his images at www.scottmeadphotography.com.

Making a Difference at the Fargo VA Hospital

One of the most enjoyable clients of the year was the North Dakota Veterans Hospital in Fargo. They have a project to work art into their hospital over the next three years. It started with art for the mental hea...

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