I am a wife, mom to four, a clinical psychologist, and I take a LOT of pictures. When people ask what I enjoy photographing, the only real answer is anything in front of my lens”. Photography is a way to remember what is beautiful in the world, which isn’t always easy to do. One of my favorite quotes comes from Dorothea Lange 'A camera teaches you how to see without a camera”. I find that this extends to my kids, as well - they frequently point out beautiful things that they think I should photograph. Things that I don’t think they would notice if I didn’t take pictures.
I took up photography in 2011. At that time, I bought my first (used) DSLR camera. The man I bought it from made an off-handed (and somewhat condescending) comment that he hoped I would learn how to actually use it and not view it as 'an expensive point and shoot'. That one comment led me to want to know everything about that camera, and years later I am still learning.
Recently, I took my camera in for a cleaning; the man who cleaned it told me that my sensor was “very, very dirty”. That got me thinking. My camera rides shotgun with me. It has been to France, Hawaii, and Canada -- in the states, it has taken pictures of beaches ranging from Maine to Santa Monica and in between. It’s seen extreme heat in South Texas and extreme cold in the Colorado Rockies. It’s taken pictures of numerous sunrises and sunsets - it’s been up all hours of the night taking pictures of stars and all hours of the day taking pictures of everything else. It has survived rains in such as places as New Orleans, Paris, on a mountaintop in Breckenridge, Moab, and the heaviest rainstorm of all at the Alamo. It has taken pictures of everyone I love and countless strangers I’ll never know. I’m glad that my camera has been not been coddled – what good is a clean camera that sits on a shelf?
There are several purposes for this website. One is to have a central location for all of my pictures - now they are scattered on various websites. I also wanted to have a place for guest photographers to share their art, too.
I’m also started to sell my images for the use of stock photography. To find out further about my stock images, message me from the 'ontact me' tab at the top. For more information about my stock images, you can visit my Pixoto site: http://www.pixoto.com/psychobabbler or my Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamranch/.
On Pixoto, I’m the sixth ranked photographer in Texas:
The third highest ranked photographer in Texas for adults:
..and the second highest ranked baby and child photographer in Texas: