A Good Week {Fine Art Photography, Effingham, Illinios}

"Anna" accepted into the exhibition Open Water at the Kiernan Gallery, with juror Jennifer Schwartz

It's been a fun week photographically speaking.  There are some exhibitions that I want to get into more than others, and this was one of them.....and I got in!!  Years ago, I took an open study course in photography at university and decided to concentrate on water images. My instructor let me know it wouldn't be easy, and it wasn't. I failed miserably and finally gave up and changed my concentration.  Ever since then I've been trying to capture water images!  I succeed at some and fail at others.  I adore this image of my niece and I'm so happy it made it in.  She looks so serene, like she's floating amid stars and galaxies.

To make getting into this exhibition all the more special and exciting, my good friend Kristianne Koch got in too.  She's a fantabulous photographer based in San Clemente, California.  I can only dream of making images as spellbinding as her.  Her photographs are very ocean-centric and just downright beautiful. You would be an absolute fool if you didn't click over to her images right this second.  Yes, she's that good.


"Building Swell"  ~ ©Kristianne Koch

 "Undulating Mercurial Floor" ~ ©Kristianne Koch



The next exciting bit that happened this week...I won Best in Show at The Prairie Art Alliance!!!! And also placed Second in Places. I didn't in the least expect anything to come of my entries.  My friend Rachel suggested I enter, otherwise I wouldn't even have known about it!  So thanks Rach. What a wonderful surprise.  You can see the article about the show here.

"Little Wabash" Best in Show, Images of Illinois through the Prairie Art Alliance and The Illinois Times


"Memorial Day Fireworks" Second in Places Category, Images of Illinois through the Prairie Art Alliance and The Illinois Times

Me, uncomfortably standing next to my photograph...

A couple more things...I'll be in Prince Edward Island for two weeks in May and I'm hoping to offer a few sessions while I'm visiting.  I'll be posting about that early next week.

Have a wonderful weekend.  I think it's going to be warm and springy!


Tytia Habing

I am a self taught, natural light photographer, with sixteen years of shooting experience under my belt. Back in the day, I learned to shoot with film, developed it and printed my own photos in my darkroom. I've since moved to digital, but film holds a very dear spot in my heart that I just can't seem to shake. I was supposed to be a horticulturalist and landscape architect...at least that's what my degree's tell me. I followed that path for some time, along with a few other paths, but photography won my heart. Plants and beautiful mother nature is, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. If at all possible, I prefer to shoot outdoors and somehow incorporate nature into the scene. I'm originally from the Watson, Illinois area, but the majority of my adult life I spent living in the Cayman Islands and only moved home to Illinois with my husband and son a few short years ago. I grew up on a small working farm, with acres and acres of natural areas at my disposal. It gave me a great appreciation for the world around me. I roamed wherever I pleased, built forts in the woods, picked wildflowers in the pasture and caught craw-daddies in the crick. My son is taking over the jobs of fort building and craw-daddy hunting, but I'll never give up the picking of wildflowers.