Editor for the NYFalls.com network of sites & Community Leader for NYFalls.com
I was born and raised in Western New York and currently live in Rochester.
I grew up in a home where there were always cameras around and I don’t remember a time when I didn’t have one of my own. Having a dad who worked for Kodak in its heyday, came with perks like easy and affordable access to cameras, film and developing.
Camera in hand, I’m drawn to a crowded market or a busy city street looking for interesting people, patterns, colors, textures, shoes, shapes, shadows, oddities, or just about any other random or unusual item I can find. I’m just as comfortable wandering quiet and alone through a park or in the woods admiring and photographing the natural world that surrounds me. Of particular interest are songbirds and snowflakes. I find subjects that interest me just about anywhere.
In 2003, I began selling my photography in the form of note cards and prints. My work is available today at local shows, shops and always at my website, The Garden Path Photography.
My primary role at NYFalls is that of Editor. I provide a second set of eyes for pretty much everything that gets published here. I read it all – usually multiple times. Where else would I have learned that most male marsupials have a bifurcated penis? Yep! That’s right. Bifurcated. Google it.
I enjoy the work I do for NYFalls very much. It’s a supportive and knowledgeable community that I’m fortunate to be a part of.
Spare time interests - gardening & composting, genealogy, photography, non-fiction books, cooking, travel
Collections - Old Maid games (from its origin in the early 1800s through present day), English Ironstone, vintage alarm clocks, old hand and wall mirrors
Favorite foods - Mediterranean, Asian, scallops, sweet cherries, toffee, pizza, anything lemon
Family - Married for 29 years. 2 grown sons – ages 21 & 26. One younger sister. Both parents living and married for 60 (!) years.
Education - B.S. Management/Marketing – St. John Fisher College
Favorite season - I’m torn between spring and fall.
Favorite colors - greens and browns
Words that describe me - open-minded, candid, silly, loyal, sensitive, detail-oriented, sarcastic, introverted, content
Biggest pet peeve - Intolerant, closed-minded bigots
People I’m most attracted to - those with the “other” 2 senses – common sense and a sense of humor
Contact Kelly – TheGardenPath1@aol.com
Buy Kelly’s Photos – The Garden Path Photography
Other Websites & Projects I’m Involved In
He Said / She Said
“Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do…” Christopher Morley
I honestly think gear matters a whole lot less than some people want it to. It’s important – sure. But the best gear in the world isn’t going to make anyone a good photographer without first being able to “see” creatively. Then why do I list it here? I’ve never included it in my bios before – mainly because, I’m not sure it matters. I’m putting it out here now, because it’s hands down, the question I get asked most often. So here it is. I’ve got some nice stuff – but it’s neither the fanciest nor the most expensive.
Far too many people subscribe to the notion that sophisticated equipment makes better photos. That simply is not true. The ability to see makes better photos. Given the same subject, with the same point of view and all conditions being exactly equal – the “better” equipment may have an edge. But no gear in the world can make up for the inability to “see”. Eyes and brain first, then lens, then camera.
Pretty much nothing annoys me more when I’m out shooting than having the very first thing a stranger says to me be, “Oh, what camera are you using?” Don’t get me wrong. I love chatting it up with other photographers and people on the street, but come on…..if that’s how someone starts a conversation – I know I’m not interested in anything they have to say.
For the photography I enjoy most – my best “gear” is the perpetual honing and training of my eye to notice details, a bundle of patience and sometimes, just some good ol’ luck.
“My pictures are not escapes from reality, but a contemplation of reality, so that I can experience life in a deeper way.”
Let It Snow
These delicate jewels fall from the sky – and I photograph them against colorful wool. What’s not two alike?
Via her website