I have always been taking pictures in my spare time but I became more serious about photography after I retired from an IT Senior Manager position at a pharmaceutical company.
I joined the Sweetwater Camera Club in Douglasville, GA and participated in many of the monthly competitions winning from Honorable Mention to 1st place several times; and placed second as Photographer of the Year in 2016. My winning images were published in the Chapel Hill News and Views and Douglas County Sentinel (local publications) and displayed at The Photo Spot in Douglasville. In addition, many of my images were accepted and displayed at various local juried art exhibitions and one of them received 1st prize, one 3rd price and two others Honorable Mention at juried exhibitions.
I take pictures of many different subjects while traveling and at home. Flowers have been of special interest to me as well as cityscapes and landscapes. I like taking photography to the next level creating different views of my images using various digital techniques. I enjoy using my pictures in creating coaster, magnets, greeting cards and photo albums telling a story of a travel or a family event.
Photography to me is the medium that helps me capture my subject in space and time and present it not only how I see it through my lens, but also how I envision and imagine it and want the viewer to see it. The original image is my canvas, and the computer and software are the tools I use to transform an image to art as I see it!
Jolie has explored a wide range of needle arts after learning to cross stitch at age four. She designs, teaches, spins, and stunt knits in the Atlanta area where she demystifies the obscure. She has published in PLY, Spin-Off, and Cast On. Her cleverest unvention is a method for working stockinette-based laces reversibly. She teaches at guilds and fiber festivals, as well as offering private lessons in person or through video chat. She can mend hand knits. Get a sense of her teaching style by watching her YouTube channel “Jolie knits.” You can find her on Ravelry as “Jolie.”
For me color symbolizes the mood of calmness in our minds, spirits,and our souls. It’s brings harmony, that’s pleasing to the eyes. It is the universal language of conversation to all of us. I try to tell a story through the vibrant colors that will speak to everyone’s heart. “So as I paint for you – Live your life in Full Color.
"I feel it is in the heart, not the eye that should determine the content of the photograph. What the eyes see is its own, what the heart can perceive is a different matter." Gordon Parks My career has been in technology but a little over 2 years ago I picked up a camera and discovered my passion. One would think I would ease into the technical aspects of photography but it has been quite the opposite. Capturing images has provided me the expressive voice of what could be understood as my soul. There is a lot of beauty in the world and equal parts of the ugly. My intent is to capture images of my emotions to share and to spread awareness with an empathetic perspective. I've been labeled a "closet introvert and dweeb"...go figure but read the book "Quiet" and it may shed some light. I consider myself clever, not smart and I love it that way. Interests: People, Reading, Fitness, Parenting, SCUBA Diving, Vietnam History, African American History, Teaching Coloring and LAUGHTER!
Located in Acworth GA, Becky Edwards has turned her passion for baking into a business.
Mrs. Edwards Bakery is a cottage kitchen bakery recently established in 2020. She has been baking for almost 30 years and brings her rustic comfort style to everything she bakes. From Cookies to candies, to custom cakes, or gourmet brownies, she can customize just about any special orders.
Becky is also able to create special occasion cakes for birthdays, graduations, baby showers, and weddings as well.
She’s already been featured in “Voyage ATL” for Mrs. Edwards Bakery.
Custom orders are her specialty and would love to make something special for you. She can be contacted through email at Becky@mrsedwardsbakery.com or you can view her website at http://www.mrsedwardsbakery.com You can also find her on Facebook and follow her on Instagram.
- Jenn Fletcher has been photographing various subjects since the late 1990’s, and currently brings her love of the natural world more into light through her photographic work, sharing details which are often overlooked. Bringing science and conservation into her artistic themes, she has been traveling a path that closely intertwines her personal artwork with that of her home life, and her local role in childhood education and wildlife conservation. She’s been published and exhibited internationally, but like her place-based subjects, enjoys focusing on the southeastern region of the US that she calls home.
Becca McCoy is a multi-disciplinary artist and one half of Leafmore Studios – formed in 2022 with her partner, artist Justin Groom.
Becca exhibits in photography and painting. Her primary medium is photography and she specializes in nature and travel. Her photo travelogue, THE YEAR OF EXTRAORDINARY TRAVEL was published in 2021 by The St. Petersburg Press. As a painter, she is self-taught and gravitates to a folk-art style with emphasis on texture and bold color palettes. As a fine arts craftsperson, she creates art from art, best exemplified by her photo quilts – a traditional quilt square created from hand-cut photo prints.
She aims to capture the feeling of seeing something for the first time in her work across all mediums. She is inspired by the ability to find beauty in everything. Learn more at leafmorestudios.com.
Becca is also an award-winning actor and singer with over 20 years professional experience on stage and screen. Learn more at beccamccoy.com.
Fern Cook: Horticulturist, Creative Mind, Songwriter, Owner/operator of an Atlanta based landscape design>install firm Shady Grove Landscape Company, Inc.,
Redd Fern Art, launched 2019, embodies the heart and soul of Fern Cook. Begun as ‘thank you gifts’ for our landscape clients, these works of Outdoor Art offer color, polish and shine to your outdoor living rooms. Two unique and decorative product lines are currently offered; Paintings and Hanging Planters.
Paintings on metal canvas with an aluminum frame and metal/glass paints have been tested on fences, trees and home exteriors for three years with no loss of quality or rust. The abstract composition allows for viewer interpretation. The magnetic property allows for customization with house numbers and/or verbiage. Adding vinyl lettering and/or company logo creates an dazzling, memorable sign for your business. Available in sizes 12″x12″ or 24″x24″ Custom sizes, colors and graphics available. ReddFernArt@gmail.com
Hanging Planters incorporate thrift store treasures, natural objects and plants. Born from boredom with traditional hanging plant options, this medium combines Fern’s love for plants, upcycling, and treasure hunting. Commissions available for your porch or interior.
Johnny Crawford is a visual storyteller and educator based in Atlanta, Georgia, who has documented the human spirit in 45 states and four continents for 36 years.
Johnny specializes in candid photographs that are inspiring and historical. His photojournalism approach to photography helps him produce excellent photographs out of routine subjects or situations. He has a passion for education stories, sports stories, and projects highlighting corporate responsibility.
Johnny was a staff photographer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) for over 28 years. During his tenure at the AJC, he photographed the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, 2004 G8 Summit of World Leaders, 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA; 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, and five U.S. Presidents.
He was the AJC beat photographer for Georgia Tech football from 2003 thru 2013 and NASCAR from 1990 thru 2013. He has photographed over 500 college and professional sporting events including football, basketball, baseball, soccer, gymnastics, track & field, golf, and swimming.
In 1994, Johnny was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He is the winner of the 2008 National Headliner First Place winner in Sports Photography, Georgia Associated Press 2008 Picture of the Year Winner, The Best of Cox Newspapers 2008 Sports Photography Winner, and 2008 Georgia Press Association First Place in Sports Photography and 2012 APME Georgia Newspapers Award in Sports Photography.
Johnny has an M.A. in Photojournalism from Ohio University and degrees in Psychology and Public Relations from Morehouse College.
Johnny taught photography at Grady High School, Marietta City Schools Adult Education Program, Clark Atlanta University, The University of Georgia and Middle Georgia State University. He was an Artist in Residence at the Tubman Museum in Macon, Georgia. At the Tubman, he has a permanent exhibit of thirty black and white portraits entitled “Leading the Way Macon’s Trailblazers and Activists.
He is currently documenting Black soldiers and nurses that served in the Vietnam War.
He teaches private photography lessons in the homes of clients in the metro Atlanta through his company, Privatephotographylesson.com
Author Lissette Perry is a wife, mother and grandmother, with a heart for the world’s children. When not writing, you can find her with clients as a certified Reflexologist and Foundress at 4 Peace Sake Wellness Center. Her passion is making profound connections with the young and old on her life’s path.
Meet Flora. Her loving presence is treasured by all who meet her. Flora is the wise, understanding grandmother in her community. Whether you are related to her or not, her heart encompasses everyone, in the true spirit of unconditional love.
You are invited to read and explore Flora’s story about love through forgiveness. By the end of her tale, you will have a deeper understanding that life is love, and love is a gift.
This book also contains a Spanish/English glossary, which you can use to learn Spanish words.
Please turn this book over to enjoy reading Flora in Spanish.
Justin Groom is an illustrator and painter, and one half of Leafmore Studios – formed in 2022 with his partner, artist Becca McCoy.
Justin had early career success with a breakout underground comic book BIOHAZARD, released in 1990 and edited by Allen Shevy who also hired Justin as an illustrator and collaborator for industry periodical WORLD OF FANDOM. Justin was a fixture in the Tampa, Florida mid-90s nightclub scene creating murals, Trompe l’oeils, and structural / 3D installations. After a corporate-hiatus, Justin returned to full-time art in 2019 with work that includes fine art, commissions, and logo and product designs, exhibiting in Florida and Georgia, appearing at comic-cons, and vending at artist markets.
He possesses a singular, recognizable aesthetic throughout all his work while maintaining versatility in content. He is equally proficient in pen and ink as he is digital render, and in subject matter from the gory to the whimsical. His inspirations include HEAVY METAL and Moebius, current events and trends, and nostalgia. Learn more at leafmorestudios.com.