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September 2016

Alex Woodcock My   how   time   flies!   It’s   hard   to   believe   that   I’ve   been   a   Redlands   Camera Club   member   for   almost   ten   years!      When   I   first   joined   RCC   I   was   still working   full   time   in   my   career   as   a   librarian.   Photography   has   always been    important    to    me    but,    by    2010    photography    was    becoming    a passion.    At    the    Rancho    Mirage    Library    I    had    the    opportunity    to photograph   the   Library’s   many   programs   such   as   the   Rancho   Mirage Writer’s   Festival   and   the   Young   Americans.   So   began      my   interest   in event   photography.   During   that   time   I   also   began   to   photograph   my daughter’s   jewelry   and   to   do   model   shoots   featuring   her   creations. These    experiences    made    me    realize    how    much    I    enjoyed    “people” photography.   So   in   2012   I   decided   to   retire   so   that   I   could   devote   more time to photography and to improve my skills. After   attending   an   excellent   workshop   by   pet   photographer,   Ann   Gordon,   I   was   inspired   to   try   my   hand   at   pet photography.   Animals   have   always   been   a   vital   part   of   my   life   so   what   could   be   better   that   to   combine   my   two   loves   animals   and   photography?   To   get   some   experience   under   my   belt   I   spent   most   of   the   year   after   retiring   persuading friends   and   their   pets   to   model   for   me.   I   also   volunteered   as   a   photographer   at   the   Redlands   Animal   Shelter   with   my husband   Bruce   –   who   is   my   “wrangler”   during   photo   sessions.   Now,   three   years   later   I   am   still   working   part   time   as   a librarian   but,   I   also   have   more   time   to   follow   my   passion   as   a   photographer.   I   love   to   capture   the   expressions   between pets   and   their   humans.   One   of   the   most   emotional   aspects   of   my   photography   is   taking   photos   of   older   or   ill   pets   so that   their   owners   may   have   a   beautiful   photographic   memory   of   their   beloved   fur   kid   after   they   are   gone.      In   the   near future   I   plan   to   renew   my   efforts   for   the   rescue   and   shelter   communities   by   photographing   pets   that   are   desperately seeking   forever   homes.   When   I’m   not   pointing   my   lens   at   a   furry   subject,   I   enjoy   photographing   people,   events   and all   the   beauty   that   surrounds   us.   I   am   grateful   for   the   opportunity   to   photograph   events   for   Crafton   Hills   College,   the Beaumont   Library   District,   and   the   Rancho   Mirage   Library.   Besides   the   Redlands   Camera   Club   I   am   also   a   member   of IEPPV www.alexpressionsphotography.com
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