Hello! My name is April.

Nick and I on our wedding day. Photo by Ara Rosalani

Welcome to my website (or my blogsite or my portfolio or whatever the cool kids are calling it these days.) A culmination of my art and my words. 

I first picked up a SLR in 1997 when my uncle gave me his to play with. I loved taking it out and doing some very amateur shooting with it at the beach and on hikes. Sadly, it was a short-lived adventure, as it was stolen out of my car on a road trip. (If you know anything about it, please call the authorities immediately! Ha!). However, there was something about the photography medium that kept pulling me back to it. I went to school for interior design, where I took an elective photography class and started to learn a few technical skills (I use that term loosely as it was a LOOOONG time ago). A few years later, I took a black and white film class for fun and loved every minute of it. Then the true passion began in 2009 when I purchased my first DSLR. What started as a hobby of taking pictures when I went on hikes has since evolved into an obsession. 

Raised as an Oregonian, the outdoors are part of my DNA. A perfect day for me would no doubt be along the lines of going on an outdoor adventure to explore some new hidden gem, preferably with Nick by my side and a camera in my backpack. To me, nature photography is the ideal balance of finding new adventures and beautiful locations blended with perfecting a skill that I’m passionate about. Landscapes are my primary subject as well as people in special moments. Sometimes the two go together to make some magic.

I now live in Sussex, England with my husband and daughter where I focus most of my photographing on families and boutique businesses. Having a little person doesn't allow for as much adventuring as we had in our grand master photography plan at the moment. You can read a little about my transition into people photography in an article called The End of Adventure.

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at what I love doing! I hope to see you on my other sites as well!

Nick and I in the Columbia River Gorge

My Style

As a nature enthusiast, I tend to err on the side of natural-looking results in my photography. I aim to create a scene in a photograph that best emulates what I see and how I feel while I am shooting it. I think color is the spice of life when it comes to nature so I tend to create more of my landscape photographs in color. More of my people photographs are in black and white because I feel the emotion of a scene can be better felt without color as a distraction. Seems a bit contradictory, right? 

My Gear

A photograph is only as good as the photographer, but using quality gear will certainly help with the technical aspects of a photo. While not the main ingredient in making a beautiful image, here is what I currently shoot with:

Camera - Canon 5DMkIII

Lenses - Canon 16-35 f2.8L, Canon 24-70 f4, Canon 70-300 f4-5.6L

Filters - I use a variety of UV, CP and Lee filters

Tripod - Induro GIT304L

Ball Head - Really Right Stuff BH55

Pack - Burton 

Other items I always carry with me - remote release, extra batteries, plenty of lens cloths, extra memory card and a dust blower. Snacks are always a good idea, as well, because when I get hungry, it’s not pretty.