About the photographer – just…b

just...b hiking among golden aspens in Fall along Aspen Vista Trail , Santa Fe, NM
Golden Aspens, Aspen Vista Trail, Santa Fe, NM.

After many moons as a graphic designer, I suppose photography was a natural progression. Over the last few years it has become a primary creative endeavor.

Starting from ground zero with new equipment and learning on the fly has certainly made the process interesting. In the infamous words of Bob Ross, there’s been quite a few “happy accidents”.

With a passion for this big blue marble we call home, my foray into photography is a journey to capture “micro-moments” in time. It’s a visual exploration into the beauty, colors and textures of Nature as it morphs through the seasons..

Following the bloom cycle of flowers is full of colorful surprises. There’s lots of early wake-up calls and timing can be of the essence.

Getting up close and personal with blooming flowers requires you to spend time sitting in the dirt. Cactus flowers are definitely a favorite. Sometimes a bee will “photo-bomb” a picture at just the right moment!!

The gear is a Sony Mirrorless a6300 camera.. A majority of the photos have been shot through an art photography lens (a Lensbaby Velvet 56) which can yield soft, unique effects. Results certainly vary depending on the subject matter. Other times a regular lens is utilized and specialized filters are applied during post-processing to achieve other unusual or abstract effects.

Off-time and Outdoor Activities

just...b snowshoeing along Mt Falcon trail, Morrison, CO.
Snowshoeing along Mount Falcon, Morrison, CO.

Having grown up along the South Jersey shore and then off to San Diego for college, I was bi-coastal. Sun, sand and surf – what’s not to love? But eventually the mountains began calling and the snow!!

Being mindful of Nature and the amazing creatures we share this planet with lies at the foundation of all that I do. Living simply and treading lightly are priorities. As an avid outdoor enthusiast off-hours are time well spent via an array of activities.

Snow is a personal favorite allowing for winter activities such as snowboarding and snowshoeing. Hiking and mountain biking are summer past-times along with gardening. Anything to still the mind, be present and take in Nature without distraction resonates.

Reading, yoga and meditation are daily staples to connect quietly in stillness. This is ever more important in the cacophony of our hectic, over-connected, modern day world.

You won’t find me on Facebook or Instagram. However, I can be found on X speaking out with “unapologetic tweets on environmental, social and animal rights”.

Nature First…

just...b Winter Solstice snowy hike by Taos Ski Valley, NM
Winter Solstice Hike Taos Ski Valley, NM

As part of this flower photography journey, my intention is to educate myself and others about the types of flowers and places I photograph.

As a proud member of Nature First: The Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography, I’m dedicated to following the Nature First Principles:

1. Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.
2. Educate yourself about the places you photograph.
3. Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.
4. Use discretion if sharing locations.
5. Know and follow rules and regulations.
6. Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.
7. Actively promote and educate others about these principles

Explore the Site and or Say Hello

just...b photographer on Rio Grand Gorge Bridge, Taos, NM
A fall day overlooking the Rio Grand Gorge Bridge.

Interested in exploring the site? Visit the Photography Collections page to view galleries. There you will find all kinds of floral goodness.

Stop by the blog to read about what I may be currently photographing or where this visual journey may take me next. Nature has reminded me more than once who’s actually in control. But then again, life’s an adventure!

I’m still working on getting the shop up and running. But if there’s a particular image you’re interested in purchasing as a print, please specify and reach out so that we may discuss size, surface options and pricing.

Email is the best way to reach me 🙂