About Porta Images...
Growing up in Rochester NY (hello George Eastman!) and having my favorite uncle employed by Kodak, it was hard not to catch the photography bug. My uncle would always have the latest and greatest Kodak toys (I remember when Kodak came out with their version of the Polaroid camera�watching an image come to life all while shaking the print vigorously? MAGIC! The disc camera? I'm still scratching my head over that one�) So the fascination with photography started at an early age and had progressed into the girl that always had her camera with her�the friend you could always count on to capture moments (ok, this is where I give props to the disc camera for its size�I could toss it in my Bermuda bag and be on my way). But I was never quite satisfied with my images. Yes, the scene or the faces were appealing, but 'point and shoot' wasn't doing them justice. Why didn't my work look like the images that I saw in magazines or in galleries? Why weren't my images as sharp or have that "blurry background" (which later, I would learn and embrace, is called shallow depth of field)? And why were my images starting to look "predicable"? My portraits looked like high school yearbook pictures and my landscapes resembled postcards and calendars, but in a bad way�unoriginal.

I decided that it was time to take over my camera's creative functions and discover a whole new world, not only through my camera lens, but through my own eyes. Over the last three years, I have taken a giant leap from 'documenting' moments with my camera to 'capturing' and 'creating' moments with it. Documentation is great for passports, yearbooks and insurance policies, but how boring would a wall be covered in that???

Photography courses completed: Monroe Community College -Photography 101 (Photography For Non-Majors I)
Acquired skills in the use of photographic equipment and processes through a series of assignments including such subjects as stop-action, available light, developing negatives and producing finished enlargements.

Photography 106 (Photography I) - Introduced to the principles, techniques, and theories of the photographic process. The course examined the fundamentals of photographic equipment and digital procedures, including exposure, organization and enhancement of digital photographic images. Natural light assignments were supported by lectures and demonstrations.

Photography 135 (Survey of Digital Photography) - Introduced to the historical, technical, operational and creative aspects of digital photography. The course focused on the production of digital images visual sequences that tell a story, communicate an idea, illustrate a theme, or convey a message. Techniques of planning, refining, capturing and enhancing images were explored in a computer lab setting. Hands-on experience with digital cameras and photographic imaging software were emphasized. I completed a series of assignments and created several portfolios that demonstrated my comprehension of the technical and aesthetic aspects of digital photography.

Published work -

Rochester Women Magazine - February 2013 - "The Power of Pigment: RED!"
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - December 15, 2013 - Do It: "Area Hunters To Debut Show On National Network."

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