I love traveling and hiking to capture the spectacular landscapes that exist across the US. Visually oriented, landscape photography provides an outlet for me to capture my love for nature while enjoying the outdoors.
I enjoy traveling and blogging with my best friend and husband, Jeff. We travel throughout the world but our favorite is the southwest United States where we make our home. Although I consider myself primarily a landscape photographer, I also enjoy capturing abstract patterns found in nature, and the beauty of older cityscapes and villages. Through two recent trips to southeast Asia, I have began to gain confidence in my environmental portraiture and street photography.
I have been fortunate to be published by National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, the US Department of the Interior, the Massachusetts Audubon Society and local community publications (i.e., Cape Code Life Magazine, and the cover of the Metrowest Town Planner Annual Calendar with a local reach of over 70,000). I have also had the opportunity to exhibit at numerous local art shows.
Originally trained as a human factors engineer from Georgia Tech, when I am not on a photography adventure, I continued to use my talents working part-time to create online tools, websites and communities for my clients across the US. I am also passionate about giving back to the community, and I regularly donate time and talent to support nonprofits in website development. In 2016, I was invited to join WorldPix Foundation, a nonprofit created to give back to the communities in which the photos are captured. A gallery of my photography is offered on the WorldPix website for purchase to raise funds for WorldPix causes.
I am an active member of the Phoenix Camera Club (and on the board of directors), and the Digital Media Chair for the Arizona Camera Club Council. I am also a member of the Photography Society of America (PSA) Arizona Chapter.
I hold a MS in Information Systems from Northeastern University, and a BS in Applied Psychology from Georgia Institute of Technology. I was also a certified Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute, and a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography Professional Photographer’s program.
Blue Heron Studios
My father, John Sklenak, was also an avid photographer. Unfortunately, he passed away just as my passion for photography was developing. To honor him, I continue to manage his body of award winning work through Blue Heron Studios, while building my own presence with Sweet Light Photos.
Where I’ve traveled
45 countries in 5 continents with plans to visit Japan, South America and Antartica in 2023.