Being a military wife and a veteran I have moved many times over the last 15 years. I have lived all of the United States and even overseas in Germany. Each location is so very different from the one before it. Coming to El Paso and deciding to make photography my full time career was initially a challenge simply because, let’s face it, El Paso isn’t the greenest place on earth. It also doesn’t have beautiful lavender fields or rows and rows of sunflowers. There is no beach backdrop for me to take my clients too. I have more than once found myself drooling over my keyboard as I searched through Facebook or through Pinterest at other photographers and the beautiful landscapes that they could provide to their clients.
Determined to make that different I have spent countless hours driving around not just El Paso but the communities around this location to find beautiful scenery. From red to white sands, from national forests to snow I have tried to find, and offer, many options to my clients. The locations might not be easy to reach and it may take awhile to get there but I feel very secure that I have mastered the art of making this desert land beautiful for each and every one of them.
During a recent conversation with a new photographer friend in Canada we were discussing this exact topic. While I am here wishing for a serene backdrop of a beach with a beautiful sunset, I found that she was there dreaming of cotton fields and the fun that they would offer. It dawned on me that I am surrounded by those fields that she dreams of. Who would have thought that other photographers could be jealous of the landscape and the location that I see every day. The locations that I wished were made of other backdrops.
So now more than ever I am determined to embrace my location. I want to make the best of every space I can while I am here. Yes, I do not have the beach …. but I have cotton! I guess it’s kind of like the saying, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”!