The Buzzards Bay Coalition was looking for photos that showcased the habitats of Nasketucket Bay as part of a campaign to save more than 400 acres of land along this gorgeous coastal waterway. Even though most of autumn’s color had faded from the trees in the background, I was able to capture a beautiful blue glow on the water’s surface in the late afternoon light. To me, this photo epitomizes late fall in coastal New England.
There’s nothing more Chesapeake than the blue crab, as they say in the marshy Mid-Atlantic where I made my home for 10 years. During that time, I had the pleasure of visiting dozens of beautiful locations around America’s largest estuary, from wild beaches and wetlands to lush farms and forests. And I began a photography hobby that I hope will last a lifetime.
One muggy August evening, I puttered out to the middle of the water in a small boat, watching the blue crabs swim near the surface around me. They pair up during that time of year, the male cradling the female’s soft, molted body for days in a beautiful mating dance. Gently, I scooped up one pair in a net and captured them against the soft gray-blue background of dusk, with water still dripping from their legs.
This photo has been used extensively on the web in videos, blog posts, and social media, mostly as part of news and educational content about blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay.
I won’t lie. I was freaked out when my coworker asked me to get up in a bucket lift (one of these things, in case you’re unfamiliar) to photograph the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s Acushnet Sawmill restoration site. But the unique opportunity to get some photos overpowered my fear of falling from high places. So up I went -- some 40 feet in the air, untethered and at the mercy of a machinery operator who joked with me as the bucket rose higher toward the sky.
It was worth a little fear. From that lift, I captured several beautiful photos of the environmental restoration work happening at this former pavement-covered urban lumber yard along the Acushnet River in New Bedford, Mass. The fact that it was early autumn, with oak and maple leaves just giving way to the colors of fall, made the picture even lovelier. Not only am I proud of this photo (and conquering my fear to capture it!), but I’m honored to show others the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s wonderful work to restore and protect special places like this.
This photo has been used in a national conference brochure, on park signage, and more.
I’ve always had a bit of a rebellious streak. At the very least, you could say I follow my instincts. That’s the funny story behind this picture, captured at the Acushnet Sawmill in Acushnet, Mass.
I visited in October 2013 to take a few photos of the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s progress to restore this old riverside sawmill. My coworkers and I walked down to the river, to a spot where a scenic overlook would soon be built.
My coworker asked me to get a few downstream shots of the restoration. But I didn’t listen. I was too enthralled with the autumn scenery that had come into view along the riverbank. I held up my camera and began to snap away.
“I tell her to shoot downstream,” I heard my coworker say behind me, “And what does she do? The exact opposite.”
Later that afternoon, I sent him this photo. When I visited his office the next day, I saw he had set the picture as his computer desktop background. And a year later, when the Acushnet Sawmill restoration project was featured in a national land conservation magazine, he chose this photo for the centerfold spread.
(Don’t worry -- I got the downstream shots he asked for, too.)
This photo has been used in a national magazine centerfold feature, on an educational mailer to promote local nature protection initiatives, in a print newsletter, and more.
If I could choose a single product from my entire career that showcases my writing, editing, design, project management, and leadership skills, it would be the Bay Barometer.
I led the charge to produce the 2009 Bay Barometer -- an annual report summarizing measurements of health and restoration on the Chesapeake Bay -- when I served as acting communications director at the Chesapeake Bay Program in 2010. Working with dozens of partners from six states and Washington, D.C., I created this report from start to finish. I wrote the copy, designed the layout, created the graphs, and got all of the content approved by necessary stakeholders.
Download the full report.