I inherited my love of the camera from my father, who, in his day, used his Mamiya twin-lens camera to capture snow ghost and mountain images of our beloved Montana, state of my birth and forever home of my heart. My first SLR was a Pentax purchased when I was in high school. In 1999, I bought my first digital camera: a 2MP HP-brand point-and-shoot from the local discount store. After that, I never looked back to film. I've used a number of different digital camera brands, from Minolta to Nikon to my present Canon gear.
I was born in Whitefish, Montana (where the hospital was located), and lived in Columbia Falls, about 20 miles away from Glacier National Park. I have lived in or traveled to such places as Washington, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, California, Oregon, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, the Bahamas, Canada, London, and Ireland. I've visited a number of national parks and monuments: Glacier NP, Arches NP, Rocky Mountain NP, Grand Canyon NP, Mesa Verde NP, Carlsbad Caverns NP, Mammoth Cave NP, Mount Rainier NP, Mt. St. Helens National Monument and I'm still crossing parks off of my bucket list!
I currently live near the coast in southeast Texas, in the small town of Angleton, about an hour's drive south of Houston. I have a day job in Houston which helps with camera gear expenditures (grin), which I use for landscapes, weddings, engagements, families, model portfolios, dancers, and birds (I live just a stone's throw from the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, and not too far from Brazos Bend State Park, both of which are inhabited by a plethora of birdlife). I am a Getty Image Contributer and also the staff photographer for a vendor out at the Texas Renaissance Festival, where I worked for 8 years before "retiring" to become said staff photographer. I keep myself and my cameras pretty busy!
In addition to my love of photography, I also enjoy writing, and to that end publish regularly to my photography-related blog site.
I've got more parks on that bucket list to visit and re-visit, photograph and re-photograph. I don't let much stop me - not even my rheumatoid arthritis. I'm in my element when I have the camera up to my eye - be it in the pouring rain, the freezing cold, the heat and humidity, or anyplace else here on this amazing, wonderful planet. Photography allows me to freely express myself by showing others how I view the world around me.
If you'd like to see more of my work, my website is Rebecca Latson Photography and stop by to visit me on my Facebook Page.
I'm so happy to be a part of National Parks Traveler. This is an awesome site with plenty of information, advice, and links. I'm going to take full advantage of this site and I hope you do too!