I feel great wonder, joy and curiosity in the world around me. My images range from thoughtful portraits of people to sweeping landscape panoramas to the often overlooked, but exquisitely beautiful, details of nature. With every image, I incorporate a sense of design that is either inherent in the subject matter or the result of my composition decisions.
Macro photography in the garden has opened up a whole new world for me, such as discovering an insect that is barely one-sixteenth-inch long with beautiful blue Aztec markings on its body, or watching a one-quarter-inch Cucumber Beetle deposit its tiny orange eggs on the petals of a Chrysanthemum bloom, ensuring survival of the species. These are details that cannot be seen with an unaided eye. Shooting with a macro lens reveals such little wonders which always amazes and inspires me.
I lose track of time in a garden, whether tending to one or photographing one, gaining tremendous respect for the natural world. My favorite moments are when I’m photographing a flower and hoping for a butterfly, bumblebee or dragonfly to wander into my field of view. Nature has never failed me. An insect lands on the bloom, I refocus, hold my breath and shoot. Serendipity can often turn a great shot into a breathtaking image, thus turning that image into a beautiful work of art.
I would like to believe that my images evoke emotions and stimulate the imagination of viewers so they will pause and be touched by the magic and beauty that is always around us.
When I'm not out in the garden photographing bugs and blooms, I serve as the owner and creative director of Dyer Design, a full service design and photography studio, providing clients a single source for the tools of publishing and marketing. With more than 20 years of experience, I work with associations, publishers and small businesses. Projects include annual reports, brochures, magazines and newsletters, books, logo design, and convention and trade show materials. I provide photographic services for convention, portraits, and assignment photography. I was featured in American Photo
magazine's second annual photography contest, interviewed and featured in the article "How to Grow Your Garden Photography Skills
" on www.Nikonusa.com
, and my work for the Hearing Loss Association of America
and Hearing Loss Magazine
garnered several Hermes Creative Awards
My first solo botanical photography exhibit, "Garden Muse: A Botanical Portfolio," debuted at the Horticultural Center at Green Spring Gardens
in Alexandria, VA. The show ran from Feb. 28 through April 29. All works were for sale and 15% of proceeds went to Green Spring Gardens programs. There was a reception open to the public on Sunday, April 15. Appetizers and refreshments were served by Barbara Kelley of Kelley Hospitality
. For a sneak preview of the show, please visit my Garden Muse show website in the link below. The show site was designed by my friend Sonya Mendeke
. I would like to thank all my wonderful friends, family and colleagues who helped make the show a great success!
In October 2012, my friend Barbara Kelley and I launched our first issue of Celebrate Home Magazine
, a quarterly lifestyle magazine featuring articles on homes, artists, crafts, hobbies, food, family, gardening and travel.WINTER 2013 issue in two-page spread format here: http://cindydyer.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/celebrate-home-winter-2013-spreads3.pdfWINTER 2013 issue in single page format here
: http://cindydyer.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/celebrate-home-winter-20132.pdfFALL 2012 issue in two-page spread format here: http://cindydyer.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/celebratehomemagfall2012-spreads.pdfFALL 2012 issue in single page format here: http://cindydyer.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/celebratehomemagfall2012-pages.pdfBLOGS & GALLERIESMain Blog
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Cindy Dyer, Creative Director