The mind should be like a camera loaded with appreciation, ready to capture in full color and in perfect focus the essence of each beautiful moment. ~ Anonymous
It’s a quote that Washington-based photographer Shawn Geron, a Navy veteran, takes to heart. That’s because anyone can see each beautiful moment that Geron encounters with every image she takes, whether it is the sun rising over the bay on a beautiful Pacific Northwest day or in the essence of who someone is in one of her portraits.
“My focus is landscape and artistic photography,” Geron tells TravelledPaths. “It is my passion. I have for years been in love with photography, even before I started taking pictures.”
Geron’s passion takes her throughout the rugged Olympic Peninsula. Why focus on this part of Washington for her work? “It holds so much beauty and is a photographer’s dream,” Geron says, a twinkle coming to her eye.
What makes the Olympic Peninsula of Washington unique are the many different climate zones that are all within minutes of each other. Salt water beaches stretch from the Hood Canal to the Pacific Ocean. An extensive rain forest exists along the coast of the Peninsula, providing ample opportunities to get tropical pictures, but in a non-equatorial area. The Olympic Mountains stand tall above the Peninsula, providing alpine landscapes.
“I am lucky and blessed to live in one of the most beautiful places in the United States,” Geron says. “Maybe even the world.”
Sunrise over Ludlow: I took this picture bright and early, just as the sun was coming up over the ridge. I just find the colors in this picture to be so incredible, along with the silhouette of the of the ridge and reflections in the water.
5 Daisies: Driving up to Mount Rainier, there were daisies all over the place! I just had to add my own interpretation to all the daisy pictures that there are in the world.
LilyPad: The contrast of bright green against the dark waters on Teal Lake just caught my eye and how the water flows from the edges of the lily pads into the ripples of the water makes this one of my absolute favorites.
Baby Jay: This is one in a series of portraits I took of a friend’s baby. This one is my favorite.
Island Paradise: Just a beautifully simple photo of the palm trees swaying in the breeze.
Lucky: Taken at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, these clovers were everywhere! And they were huge! A very simple picture that I found to be absolutely beautiful.
Darling Dahlia: This black and white photo I took because I wanted the detail of the flower to stand out rather than the bright pink color that it was in reality. To me, the black and white brought out the symmetry and perfection of the flower, which is what I was trying to capture.
Two of a Kind: These two lovebirds followed each other around all over the pond and everywhere I moved, they moved in the opposite direction.
In Flight: I was fascinated by the bumblebees that were flying around all my lavender plants and decided to catch one in flight.
Mist & Reflections: This photo was shot at Teal Lake early in the morning. It was so still and the reflections of the sky were so beautiful on the water…
To see more of Geron’s work, be sure to view her full profile that is available at Fine Art America. “I never really considered this as a career until I picked up my first true, non-point and shoot camera in the name of creativity,” Geron told us in closing. “Now I would love nothing more than to share the beautiful moments I see every day with you.”