I love being creative and telling stories, whether it’s with words or pictures. I’m pretty laid back with work-a-holic tendencies. I love research, learning new things and going new places, museums, photography, history, films, books and the paranormal. And I’m always on the lookout for new opportunities.
Not only am I a photographer, I’m a published author with (at the time of writing this) over 75 romance fiction books including paranormal, historical, futuristic, contemporary, fantasy and every combination thereof. I’ve been published at some of the biggest publishers in the world, as well as at small presses. I co-own small press publishing houses: The Raven Books and Raven Nevermore Books.
I have a degree in Photography, and a BGS in History/Business with an English Minor. I hosted a paranormal radio show for three years. I write a monthly interview column and am a journalist/photographer for Paranormal Underground Magazine. To read more about the writing side of my personality, click here.
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Why “Pretty Poison”?
Photography and writing are my artistic drugs of choice. They’re in my soul and in my veins, a pretty poison I cannot live without.
imageWhen I was 10 my dad gave me my first camera, a Kodak Instamatic X-15F, and so began my lifelong love of photography. It still is the coolest thing and has my initials on the back. Even then I loved the idea of capturing fleeting moments in time and telling stories with images. Plus, I was shy so it really helped me to get out there and mingle. If I haven’t said it enough–Thanks Dad!
In High School, I participated in art shows, had my own school-wide exhibition and pretty much spent every spare moment in the darkroom developing film and teaching myself different developing techniques. They just handed me the keys and let me go. We only worked with B/W, and that might be why I love that style so much. Another reason would be my love of old movies and all things historical. I really thought I’d never do anything else.
In adulthood, as it often does, life got in the way and I wasn’t able to pursue my art as much as I wanted–though the 9 rolls of print film I went through on every vacation might dispute that fact. I set up my own darkroom for awhile, did some freelance work including a few weddings and portraits. For fun, I enrolled at the New York Institute of Photography and graduated with a degree in Professional Photography.
After my first novel published in 2004, I spend a lot of time focused on my writing career, but photography will always be one of my first loves.
Life experiences and trial & error can teach so much. You don’t have to have a fancy degree or be the most technically savvy. (though if you are or you do, then great!) If you love doing it, then pick up that darn camera and shoot!
I shoot with a Canon AE-1 for print, Canon EOS 7D, and a Canon EOS 20D for digital backup. I do have other cameras, but those have become my primary ones. I have a few studio lights, backdrops, flashes, and an assortment of lenses from 19mm – 1300mm.
I love doing and trying new things and am always open to new ideas and opportunities. I’d love to be a part of a paranormal investigation (DONE! May 2010), work on a nonfiction project, publish a photography book, travel the world, work on a horror movie (preferably as a zombie LOL), have my own show (just don’t ask me what about). The great thing about the future is that the possibilities are endless.
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