About just…b

Golden aspens in Fall - Aspen Vista Trail , Santa Fe, New Mexico
Golden Aspens, Aspen Vista Trail, Santa Fe, NM.

As a Graphic Designer by trade, 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. So in the infamous words of Bob Ross, let’s just say there’s been quite a few “happy accidents”. With a passion for this big blue marble we call home, my foray into Nature-Inspired Art Photography is a journey. A visual exploration into the beauty, colors and textures of Nature as it blooms and morphs through the seasons and capturing “micro-moments” in time.

Following the bloom cycle of flowers in and around local gardens is full of colorful surprises. There’s lots of early wake-up calls. Often getting up close and personal with blooming flowers requires you to spend time sitting in the dirt. Words cannot express how rewarding that can be. Cactus flowers are definitely a favorite. Sometimes you get lucky and a bee will “photo-bomb” a picture at just the right moment!!

As for the the photos, most are shot through an art photography lens which can yield 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 Colorado.
A sunny Spring day out snowshoeing on Mt Falcon, Morrison, CO.

Being mindful of Nature and all the amazing creatures we share this planet with lies at the foundation of all that I do – especially living simply. And as an avid outdoor enthusiast – who does their best to tread lightly, 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 or anything to still the mind, be present and take in Nature without distraction. For me, a cell phone is NOT an appendage. So when I’m outside it’s turned off!!

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

Suffice to say you won’t find me on Facebook or Instagram. But I can be found on Twitter with what I consider to be “unapologetic tweets on environmental, social and animal rights”. You can also read more about just…b and my other design and photography work.

Nature First…

just...b snowy hike in Taos, NM on Winter Solstice
Winter Solstice Hike – Taos Ski Valley, NM

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

Visit the Photography Collections page to see photos and imagery. Stop by the blog to read about where this visual journey may take me next.

And say hello if you feel inspired! Email is the best way to reach me 🙂