CANADIAN PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR, 2009
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ABOUT ME

Isn’t it always about me! hahah. But seriously, if you are here you probably want to know all about nature-photography-central.com and who is behind this site and why it exists. And this is the place to find out!

nature-photography-central.com is my passion. It evolved (and is ever evolving) out of my photographic quest and journey of transformation from a corporate slave to an independent entrepreneur. Naturally that meant hunting for the best Canadian accounting software deals since I would be in charge of my own bookkeeping, but that is a small price to pay for a positive life decision. I’m Alexandra Morrison and, yes, I AM a professional photographer.

alex and buzzUnlike what you read on most other photographer’s bios, I was not always a photographer, although I did get serious about it back in my university days, and made a few bucks doing stock photography along the way. But like most others who are more artistically inclined, decided that to make a living in this world, I’d need to have a real job!

So I dutifully went to University and got a real job. But after many weary years in the world of corporate communications, I’d had enough of the daily grind. My lay-off as Director of Corporate Communications & Marketing from a software development company was my impetus for taking this part time photography job into a full-time gig.

Being in marketing for so long, I realized that making money with photography was less a function of “talent” and more of determination, persistence and yes, marketing. And in this day and age, a Web site is mandatory. After reading quite a bit about how to use the internet for marketing one’s business, I came to understand that what I really needed to do what to reach out to the World.

Now, another thing about me is that in 2000, I was half way to PhD in environmental science. I had just completed my course work and my dissertation proposal, and even a bit of initial research. Why a PhD? Simple, I LOVE teaching. I hoped I’d be able to quit the corporate rat race one day and teach eager minds about the amazing place in the Universe we occupy here on Earth.

But as always happens, I’d misinterpreted my true path – yes, teaching is what I wanted; yes, nature and the environment is the place I wanted others to appreciate, but there was one thing missing…

The added aspect of incorporating my creative energies was what was missing from this equation. Then when that fortuitous lay off happened, everything crystallized into what is now a blooming photographic services business and photographic training venture! I put the PhD on hold and put all my energy into photography.

Now nature-photography-central.com is how I reach out to the world community of creative people like you who want to truly seize their artistic potential. I can teach and help, be creative and show off a little all at the same time. :-)

My Photography Credentials?

For those of you that like the specifics, here are my academic and professional credentials:

  • Manitoba Photographic Artist of the Year, 2012
  • Manitoba Photographer of the Year, 2011
  • Canadian Photographic Artist of the Year, 2009
  • BSc (Environmental Science) – University of Winnipeg
  • BA (Honors Equivalent) – University of Winnipeg
  • MA (Ecological Design) – University of Manitoba
  • Registered Professional Photographer (Professional Photographers of Canada – Manitoba (PPOC MB)
  • Nationally Accredited in Stock Photography by the PPOC National.
  • Registered with Adobe Professional Photographers Directory (only open to pros with appropriate accreditation)
  • Winner Best Fine Art Photograph PPOC National Print Show, 2007
  • Awarded Excellence for the Visit, PPOC National, 2007
  • Winner of four awards in the 2005 Manitoba Print Salon for Professional Photographers
  • Awarded “Excellence” for photograph entitled Zero Hour at the PPOC National Salon in 2006
  • Winner of Best Freestyle Image PPOC National 2006.
  • Winner of Best in General Category, 2006 PPOC Manitoba Print Salon
  • To see all my award winning images in one place, visit my portfolio site, www.alexandra-morrison.com

alex's photo awards

WORKSHOPS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

I’m a pretty laid back person, but when I get a chance to talk photography and the great outdoors, look out! It’s a cliche to say this, I know, but I am PASSIONATE about the mix of these 2 topics. If you have an event and want some inspirational banter from a kooky, quirky artsy fartsey photographer, I may be interested in your gig.

If you’re a camera club or bonafide photography organization just send me an email or contact me here and tell me what kind or presentation you’re looking for and I’ll let you know right away if I can help.

If you’re a conference or event planner and are looking for speakers, keynotes, instructor for a photographic convention or meeting I’d love to hear more from you too.

OTHER RANDOM THINGS ABOUT ME

I am a huge music lover – here’s a sample of the audio goodness on my iPhone:

Van Morrison – These Dreams of You, Astral Weeks, and more

Ryan Adams – The entire album, Nuclear, and Heartbreaker.

Steve Earle – all of his stuff

The Waterboys

Tom Waits

Tori Amos

The Rolling Stones

Radiohead

Pink Floyd – Getting to know “Echoes” again.

NQ Arbuckle – if you haven’t heard of him see this. Then visit his site.

 Massive Attack

Meatloaf

Metallica

Coldplay - before they were famous!

Leonard Cohen

Johnny Cash

Elvis Costello

Josh Ritter – love, love love Josh! Harrisburg, or Change of Time, but everything he does is great.

INSPIRATION

Well, besides the great outdoors and all the strange mysteries of nature, what/who else inspires me?

CLASSIC PHOTOGRAPHERS:

Imogen Cunningham

Man Ray

Yousuf Karsh

OTHER STUFF

I think I live in the greatest country in the world – Canada. (You can definitely disagree with me here if you’re from somewhere else!) Despite all the benefits of living in Canada, it’s still damn hard to start and grow a business. Can you imagine how difficult it is in a developing country?! I’ve had and still have  the benefit of a good banker, fabulous employees, (a great accountant, yes even a couple of lawyers, ) to keep me on the right path, but in a developing country entrepreneurs don’t have such luxuries. Capital is hard to come by – and starting a business, especially for women, is almost impossible. I make KIVA one of my charities.   KIVA is a micro-lending organization that helps small entrepreneurs  in developing countries get their businesses started – or to expand. Join the nature-photography central KIVA team to LOAN 25.00 to a worthy entrepreneur.

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I am also a huge huge animal lover, and to be honest, I prefer the company of dogs (and other animals) to many humans! I especially love hanging around with  my old rescued Rottweiler, Buzz.  I donate and volunteer for The Winnipeg Humane Society, D’Arcy’s Ark No Kill Shelter, and some other small animal-related causes. Revenue from this website helps me do what I love and helps me to give back to the things I believe are important in this world; independence, freedom to earn a livelihood of your choice, and the right of animals to be unmolested, and free in their native environments.

WHEW!

Now you know all About Me and NPC. I hope your visit here is productive and entertaining; I welcome your comments and feedback. If you’re serious about improving your photography, sign up for our free nature photography tips newsletter – it’s usually full of uncommon knowledge and unique information that you won’t find on all the other photo sites out there.

Happy clicking and thanks for reading!

alex

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