Lara grew up in Canada, where she enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors hiking and camping. Because of this love of nature, she was thrilled when her dad gave her his Kodak Retinette 1A film camera to capture the beauty around her.
She used that camera throughout her teens and into her college years and was deeply saddened when it was no longer working and could find no way to repair it. Still taking pictures, with a point and shoot camera, she missed the ability to shoot with a manual mode and eventually bought a hybrid point and shoot which allowed some manual function.
She has documented her travels, family adventures and her son’s sporting and musical endeavors both with photos and video right up to the present day. As she took more photos, she realized that the camera was a limitation so she saved up for a few years to purchase her first DSLR camera to better photograph her son’s hockey games. The difference was notable and she has pursued this passion by taking various photography courses.
The first was a course offered through REI at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, where her love of nature photography was reignited. Then she started following local photographers and decided to join a workshop on shooting the Solar Eclipse with Gary Randall at Dead Ox Ranch with several other photographers.
This event sparked a monumental transition in her life.