Jeanette Smith photographed in her living room with her dog, surrounded by the needle point she has created. The portrait was made as part of a series for my church named "Salt of the Earth". The idea is to get to know parishioners outside of the Sunday morning worship service.
I have been taking pictures since I can remember. It started with family and vacations photos on some Kodak instamatic (with the four sided flash bulb that burned your fingers if you touched it) and now I shoot almost everything digitally. The important thing is that I love to take pictures. When I look through the viewfinder of a camera, time stands still. I get lost in another world. After college, which had nothing to do with photography, and a short forray into the corporate world, I started my career as a photographer. First, I worked as a digital assistant in a portrait and wedding studio, then I assisted various commercial photographers. In 1993, I focused solely on my work and have been doing so ever since. I have photographed a wide variety of subjects: from the simple joys of a newborn to the grimy industry of a factory. Advertising agencies, graphic design studios, corporations, and editorial clients use my images in their ads, brochures, packaging, websites, annual reports and magazines. More importantly, I'm still taking pictures.