About just…b

just...b at Aspen Vista, Santa Fe, NM
Fall along Aspen Vista Trail, Santa Fe, NM.

As a Graphic Designer by trade (who spends a lot of time outside and LOVES Nature), I suppose photography was a natural progression. And over the last few years it has become more of a primary creative endeavor. Starting from ground zero with new equipment and learning on the fly has certainly made the process interesting. There’s been lots of “happy accidents”. Early wake-up calls and often sitting in the dirt have been incredibly rewarding. Following the bloom cycle of flowers in and around local gardens is full of colorful surprises. Sometimes you get lucky and a bee will “photo-bomb” a picture at just the right moment!! So with a passion for this big blue marble we call home, my foray into Nature-Inspired Art Photography is a visual exploration into the beauty, colors and textures of Nature and its seasons.

The name just…b is derived from my first name being Barbara with a state of being completely present in the moment. This translates into capturing what I consider to be “micro-moments” in time. Being open to the results (which may not come out as planned) is all part of the process and the possibilities!

The photos are shot primarily through an art photography lens which yields unique effects. Results can vary depending on the subject matter. Other times a regular lens is utilized and specialized filters are applied during post-processing to achieve painterly-like or other unusual or abstract effects.

Off-time and Outdoor Activities

just...b snowshoeing along Mt Falcon trail, Morrison CO.
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 treads 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!!

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

You won’t find me on Facebook – nor Instagram (sorry Zuckerburg, I have privacy issues with you). 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 the other design and photography work I do here.