Beth Shedd | Photography & Graphics

Capturing Life's Joyful Moments

About Me As a Photographer…

I’ve loved photography since I was old enough to use a camera. Finding the beauty in everyday moments and bringing connection to people and their memories has kept me an eager and willing photographer for all of my life.

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1967…Photographing my cousins and dog with my fabulous new Kodak Instamatic.

I received my first camera when I was 9 years old …it was a Kodak Instamatic, and I can still remember it’s ‘magic’ flashbulb system 💥. In college, I progressed to a Pentax K1000 and marveled at the depth that my photos had. I remember waiting anxiously for my pictures to be developed, but often being disappointed with the blurry results of my low light shots. I didn’t take the time to improve my technique, and so I put my Pentax away, got busy with other things and transitioned to a long line of automatic cameras. They worked fine and captured my memories, but only rarely did I get a shot that I would call “outstanding.”

In 2009, everything changed when my husband gave me a Nikon D5000 for my birthday. ✨ This was when my interest in photography went to a new level. I took my camera everywhere, I read books, I took classes, I asked questions, and I fell in love! My results were good, and I steadily improved as I transitioned from “Automatic” to “Scene” to “Aperture” and finally “Manual” settings.  Taking full control of my camera was the most exciting and technical way to approach a scene/person/event, and it finally gave me the shots I had been hoping to get for years.

Now I shoot with a Nikon D750 and am adding to my lens collection frequently. My favorite lens for portraits is my 85mm, and my favorite for travel is either my 35mm or my 28-300mm zoom. For events, I like either my 24-70mm or my 50mm, although that is the lens I am upgrading next. I continue to read, study and practice my photography daily…there is so much to be learned and so many ways to improve!

Well, that’s a bit about me and my journey with photography. I wish you joy and connection as you focus on your own life…and I hope you enjoy your visit to my website.
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