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Featured Photographer - 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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