About Me

2nd place wine image

Broward Art Guild
2nd Place Award

BAG BW Exhibit

Broward Art Guild
Front Entrance

Boat Peoples Choice

Broward Art Guild
People's Choice Award

Judges recognition Circles

Broward Art Guild
Judge's Recognition

Photography was not my first artistic passion. I loved to paint and draw, especially horses. Like many artists, drawing people was something I had difficulty mastering. I would often create paintings or drawings from images I saw in magazines and I would be told that my art was not original. So, I thought maybe I would just take my own photographs then. I was introduced to photography in High School. I fell in love with the medium and the darkroom. I started taking pictures of anything and everything having to do with horses. Then I moved on to my theater friends experimenting with abstract lighting. Pushing and pulling exposures and processing. I soon started taking head shots for all my theater friends and capturing horse show pictures for my farm buddies. I realized studying people through the lens actually made my figure drawings better. I also found my eye for composition became stronger.

I stuck with film photography well after digital SLR cameras became available. I was given a small Nikon Coolpix digital camera that was only 2.5 megapixels as a gift one Christmas. Considering the early technology, it still created some pretty nice photos. I finally bought a Nikon D70 since I could still use my film lens, again only 6.1 megapixels but I captured some beautiful images. Still photographing people, I began to explore other subjects like macro images of flowers and insects. As I started getting more serious about photography, I upgraded to a D700 and invested in some nicer portrait and macro lenses. At this point I started exhibiting my work, won a few awards, and made quite a few sales with my floral and macro work.

In 2013 my daughter was born. She has become the subject of most my photography since then, although I still photograph horses regularly. Izzy was the focus of a photography project for school a couple of years ago along with a few digital art projects. She and I started raising butterflies when COVID first kept us at home and re-found my passion for photographing insects. Thank you for taking the time to read about my photographic journey and look through some of my work.

- Colleen Elise