Behind the Lens

The Place we call Home.

MeI think I was born with creativity running through my veins…  but for over 3 decades, I was an artist without a medium.  I tried many things over the years, from art and craft, to drawing and painting, and even writing.  But nothing seemed to gel.  I always loved photography, from the very first instamatic I took away on 4th grade camp, to the High Schools 35mm SLR, I borrowed and played official school reporter, recording all the most important scholastic events.  At one point in my early 20′s, I even imaged that I might be able to be a photographer.  I went to the Photography Institute to inquire about enrolment, but backed out at the last minute, for fear of not being able to make the grade.

In the years to come I still loved to snap things on holidays.  I never really understood the point of going somewhere different and exciting unless you were going to photograph it.  I thought I was just recording the events of my life… I still didn’t see that this is what I was born to do.  Any time I saw a person without a camera, I just didn’t get it.  I still don’t.

Finally at age 45.  My youngest son bought himself a digital SLR.  I was excited for him, and secretly envious of his new purchase. I borrowed it every chance I could, just to experiment and take pictures in my garden.  Finally my son decided that he was never going to get the same enjoyment out of the camera that I was, and he allowed me to have it.  I was so excited.

That was over 7 years ago.  In that time, I have eaten, slept, breathed, and absorbed all things photographic.  My style has developed into something hopefully a little unique and definitely much more artistic than it once was.  It’s still early days for me yet.  But to say that I have found my passion would be an understatement of epic proportions.  I spent literally decades trying to figure out what I was “meant” to be doing with my life, when it was under my nose the entire time.  Finally a clarity that only comes with hindsight.

And this experience of not discovering my passion until relatively later in life, pushes me to inspire others to find theirs, much sooner.  I have never had a dream before, a goal, a mission.  And so I am driven by the idea of influencing others to reach for their own stars, whatever they may be.  Whether you are a teenager or you are in your 80′s, it is never to late to peruse a dream, to be all that you were meant to be.  My hope is that my images inspire others to seek beauty where they might not otherwise see it.  And to share a little of myself and the way that I look at things along the way.

Completely self-taught having never had a photography lesson in my life… I know first hand what can be achieved with dedication and commitment and true passion.

12 Apostle Storm
12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria

I currently sell my work through RedBubble as well as my website Tracie Louise Images.

193 thoughts on “Behind the Lens

  1. Hey Tracie Louise! I made my first purchase this morning; “Cleveland Pier”! I sent you a short message at the ‘contact’ section but don’t know if I got the thing posted. Thanks for stopping by Cry and Howl.
    Steve

    1. I did get the email, and I sent one back to you… THANK YOU SO MUCH… I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you doing that. I really hope you enjoy your new print just as much as I enjoyed capturing it for you. It was an amazing day with a wonderful friend holding the umbrella over my head. I had wanted to see that pier for a long time, so it was really exciting for me.
      So big hugs to you Steve, for being so kind and so generous. I’m adding your site to the blog roll and a small way of saying “Thank You” ♥

      1. Thank you Tracie Louise! I’ll be making more purchases as time continues on. I admire your work very much and know getting set up and catching the exact moment of a great photograph is very challenging.
        Thank you for adding my site to your blog roll, though you might want to think about “soiling” your very classy site with something like Cry And Howl. 😉
        Anyway, I hope you’re having a great weekend, and thank you very much for your most welcomed reply.

      2. Too late… already soiled 😀
        As much as I believe in and promote truth and beauty, I also believe in telling it like you see it… I believe VERY much in holding “the powers that be” accountable. And I fight tooth and nail for everyone’s right to self-expression.

      3. Thank you! Sometimes my “self-expression” will get somewhat crass, but what can a Texan do?
        I’ve been thinking of featuring your site via a blog post soon. I do that occasionally when I find a site that I find interesting and I think people should pay attention to. Such as http://1boyuso.com/ and http://usneakydevilu.com/
        So, don’t be surprised to see that perhaps this week.
        Thank you again Tracie Louise!
        Steve

      4. Thanks for that Steve.. that would be AWESOME…. oh and btw… my hubby was living in TX when we met. Been there many times. And believe me… rural Queensland is very much like TX. I doubt very much that there would be anything you could say that would surprise me 😉

  2. Your work is stunning. There’s actually no word I can think of to sum it up – everything from the colour to the composition. You really are talented and I’m so glad (reading your post about Living on Purpose) that you came out of your shell and found a creative medium that works for you.

    I’m always looking for visual “prompts” for my writing, so I suspect I’ll be back on your blog before very long 🙂

    x

  3. I loved the part about you not seeing the point of going somewhere unless you could photograph it. That’s me, too, and others don’t seem to get it. Last time in Sydney, I wouldn’t go on the “climb Sydney bridge” tour b/c the tour information said visitors are NOT allowed to take photographs from the top. And just recently I cancelled a tour of Windsor Castle for the same reason. The camera is an extension, not only of my hand, but also my mind, as I’m sure it is for you, too.. I am lost without it. Thank you for finding my blog. I’m very glad I was led to yours.

    1. Thank you so much for your visit…. I did the Story Bridge climb in Brisbane even though I couldn’t take the camera… and it almost killed me not to be able to capture what I was seeing… but I wouldn’t have traded the experience for anything. But ordinarily, I seriously don’t see the point in going anywhere without the camera. Thanks again xxoo

  4. Pope Benedict wasn’t Pope until in his seventies. Mother Teresa was a famous elderly nun who loved everybody. President Lincoln was homely but the best US President we ever had. God gives us all a talent or two or some people get 10 talents. We must use them for God and others, or we can bury them. It’s our choice to make. But, God will be upset if we bury our talents. I have to remember this myself. I am extremely fearful probably due to abuses, so I tend to bury my talents. Keep up this excellent career. Even if it is an avocation, you’re doing what God wants. Just take it, as God sends it. YOUR PHOTOS ARE AWESOME!!!!

    1. Thank you so much… and I totally agree… I DO believe this is a God given gift, and it would extremely disrespectful not to make the most of it 🙂

  5. Love your images. I too am dabbling in photography and am looking at selling images, though I haven’t gotten that far yet. I too started photography young, with a high school course, but never considered it as something I was supposed to do. For me it was also simply, documentation. Then my father died, and something changed; shifted, fell into place. Writing is also a passion, and at 48, I’m finally going to give this whole thing a whirl. So very nice to meet you! I look forward to more lovely images from you. Am going to have a look around your site now!

    1. Welcome to site… hope you enjoy your time here. I wish you all the very best with pursuing your dreams. I firmly believe that you can do whatever you set you heart to 🙂

    1. OH.. I would just love to see it. I feel very honoured that you used my pic as inspiration… thank you xxoo

  6. Tracie Louise, thank you for liking my blog. I really like your images and your layout, too.. But I also relate to your story because for me, too, photography has always something I have enjoyed to experiment with, even though I have never taken a class, and that digital SLR is still a dream at this point. Keep going, learning, and experimenting! And I agree: Don’t ever go anywhere without a camera! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much… I hope one day you get your DSLR.. it certainly changed my life and opened up a whole new world for me… much love to you xxoo

    1. Don’t ever say that… we all started somewhere. The fact that you are out there doing your thing and expressing yourself is absolutely AWESOME as far as I am concerned. 🙂

  7. all the best…I agree with you….I don’t feel like going anywhere special..unless I have the opportunity to shoot…!!…love your photos….keep shooting…

    1. I never participate in these awards just because it would take up so much time, but I always appreciate the sentiment and they always make me smile….. thank you so much xxoo

      1. The main reason I nominate any blog is to send some traffic, which I consider the main point — I totally get not wanting to be bothered which is why I’ve asked not to be nominated any more… You’re so welcome!

      2. And that is why I totally appreciate the gesture… Apart from the fact that it is nice to be considered worthy… I totally appreciate the extra traffic… so thank you once again… I really do appreciate being nominated 🙂

  8. The oldest member in my photography school the year I attended was 75, the youngest 18. Pursuing dreams isn’t age-related. It’s a matter of intention. Much like good photography!

  9. Hi Tracie! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog…….I was able to find you and I have to say…I AM BLOWN AWAY….You are the best photographer I’ve ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    May I ask what equipment you use…I’m very happy with my Nikon D300….but I always want to file away info so that when I’m ready to make a change, I have a point of reference…again,,,you have an amazing gift…Thanks for sharing it with everyone!

    1. Well… firstly WOW… thanks for that amazing compliment. I use a Nikon D90. I started off with the D40 that my son gave me, and upgraded to the D90. I would dearly love a full frame camera, and one day will own one. The camera body is important, of course, but far more important is get good glass. I really good lens can make a world of difference. Thanks again for such a wonderful comment. xxoo

      1. You are welcome! Thanks so much for sharing with me :)…I really appreciate it 🙂 I’m getting a Toquina 12-24mm lens this week and I’m very excited! You helped inspire me to continue, feeling a little burned out lately..so a WORLD of thanks coming your way..xoxo

  10. wow nice to find your just wonderful photos. love the ‘shine effect’ . still looking , do wish I could do a blog ! have one here, but lol can’t see how to work it.. Gini.

    1. It took me ages to figure out how to the do blog and how to get it to look like I wanted it to look… but persevere, and you will get there. Thanks so much for the lovely kind words.

  11. Hello Tracie! Thank you for liking one of the posts on my blog at Faith1st Ministry. I hope it has encouraged you. Please continue check in on us from time to time and follow if you will. Thank you again and remember to have Faith 1st.

    1. Faith is about all I have these days… and without it I would have nothing. Thanks so much for the following.

      1. You’re welcome Tracie! Regardless of what is going on, just hold on to your faith and seek to strengthen it the same way you would your muscles…by exercising it…it works! God bless! –Sebastian

      2. I do believe that SO much…. I think we are really close to having our prayers answered…. Thank you for your strength.

  12. I am so glad you happened upon the lizard picture I posted on my blog. I just devoured the pictures you have on your blog and I am smiling and inspired and so glad to have had this experience. I too believe that one must pursue the dream they have and never give up. Your photographs…….I am in awe. I too love photography and love my first canon digital. I only have it about a year and it is great.

    I have not dedicated myself to studying the art of taking pictures, as you have. I am just enjoying what I do and designing greeting cards with some of my images. This is very enjoyable for me and I hope others enjoy my cards as well.

    Visiting your blog has been great. I look forward to visiting again!

    Judith Perkel
    Cardtales By The Lioness

    (Your story about yourself is in very hard to read type….I made it darker and then I could read it..
    I am glad I did that!)

    1. I am so sorry.. I didn’t realise it was hard to read. No one has ever told me before… I will have to take a look and see if I can change that. But I am so glad you visited the blog and enjoyed what you see. I think it is SO wonderful that you are enjoying your photography and going after your own dreams. Hope you will pop by again sometime. xxoo

  13. Hi Tracie,
    Thank you for visiting my blog. I’m glad it allowed me to discover your website. You have a natural talent. I’m inspired that you went after your passion in life and that you encourage people to do so at any age.
    Kristy

  14. Hi Tracie, great photos! Congratulations for finding what you are really passionate about and to take it to a next level: starting Tracie Louise Photography. Keep up the good work! 🙂

  15. Haha… Got your name wrong, didn’t I? That’s a classic oops moment! Sorry for that Tracie… I really do mean the award and the appreciation though…. 🙂

  16. TOOK A BITE OUT OF A KLONDIKE BAR YESTERDAY, IMMEDIATELY FELT LIKE I WAS CHEATING ON YOU! WE LIVE IN A BEAUTIFUL WORLD, AND YOU TAKE THE TIME TO GIVE US A GLIMPSE OF IT. (OH, LOOK!! LYN WAS HERE! SHE’S RIGHT, YOU ARE PRETTY!) KIDDING ASIDE,, THE LOVE OF THE ART ASIDE,, YOU’RE SHOTS AREN’T JUST BEAUTIFUL, BUT THEY EXUDE — PEACE.. I DON’T KNOW HOW ELSE TO ARTICULATE IT. GOD BLESS YOU! THX, GIRL

  17. Hi Tracie,

    Thank you for liking my post (http://thisismywayoflife.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/change-quotations-and-sayings/) I really like your blog and I think you deliver some great stuff, thanks for sharing this with the world!!! You can find my blog on http://www.carolinebakker.com and if you need any help with WordPress, Social Media or Branding please visit me on http://www.creativescapemarketing.com

    I will like your page on Facebook, could you please return the favor and like my page here https://www.facebook.com/CreativEscapeMarketing Thank you so much 🙂 🙂

    I look forward to reading/seeing more of your work. Warm regards Caroline ❤

  18. Lots of good things here! First, I love the style/design of your blog. It’s very clear and easy to follow 🙂 Second, your photographs are beautiful!! Finally, I loved learning about your story and this description was very well written! Have a great day!

  19. Wow, Tracie, you’re a very inspirational woman! I am glad I stopped by to check your blog out. I wish the best of luck in all your blogging endeavors for this year. Take care, love. “Shoot” for perfection! Ha, sorry, I couldn’t help it! It was just a … focal point… for a joke on a photography blog.

  20. ” In that time, I have eaten, slept, breathed, and absorbed all things photographic” 😀 i can imagine your eyes going “click click” instead of “blink blink”…

    Really liked the pics of the seas! especially the pic of the sky and the sea with blue, orange, purple and pink 🙂

    1. Whenever I am driving anywhere I am clicking pics in my mind, even when I don’t have the camera in my hand. I tend to see everything these days as a potential picture 🙂

  21. Wow! I am amazed that you discovered photography so recently. Like you once did, I too often felt like an artist without a medium. I finally discovered writing as my main medium but I feel like I am only at the beginning of really crafting my style. The fact that you are so gifted as a photographer and that you only discovered photography as your medium relatively recently is very inspiring to me! Thank you for sharing your story and your beautiful work!

  22. I can definitely relate. While I was always interesting in taking pictures and had a poloroid as a teenager, it wasn’t until I retired that I was able to really put my heart and soul into taking pictures. My contention is the Beauty is Simple. So I just walk out my door or look out my window and snap that which strikes me. It ususlly isn’t grand, but it delights me to know end to be able to capture it. Thanks for visiting and the like of my post “Our Big Snow”. It gave me a chance to find you and your lovely work.

    1. I think snow is really pretty but I’m glad we don’t have it. I don’t deal well with the cold. Thanks so much for visiting 🙂

    1. Thank you. I’m so glad you like my work. I do a lot of HDR. Not all my shots are HDR but I do use it about half the time.

      1. May I ask what program you use for the HDR pictures? Also do you use a grad ND filter? I have always changed the light manually and took 5 pictures (+2 +1 0 -1 -2). But somehow it never turned out really good 😦

      2. I use Photomatix Pro to process the HDR. And yes, I use a lot of filters in my work. I think for a landscaper grad ND’s and full ND’s (for water movement) are essential. I sometimes use coloured filters as well. If I’m in a hurry I use the auto bracketing on my camera, but I only have 3 shot bracketing. I also bracket manually if I want more exposures. I have even experimented with up to 20 exposures, but that was for an indoor cathedral shot.

      3. I use Hoya, Kenko, Cokin, Singh-Ray & B+W. My favourite is B+W. Singh-Ray are VERY expensive, and not worth the money in my opinion. Lee has a really good reputation, but I have tried them. I shoot Nikon 🙂

    1. My camera is a Nikon D90. I have several lenses. 18-200mm, 10-20mm, are my most used lenses. I have a 150-500mm for the birds. A 50mm f1.8, & 35mm f1.8. And a 90mm macro. I use filters a lot, especially for the timed shots.

      1. It would depend on what you are trying to achieve but as a landscaper, a good polarising lens is a must and for time delay shots, a ND is critical.

  23. Hi Tracie. I found you on Redbubble while browsing some images (waterfall ones I think) and loved your photos, then read your story which really spoke to me. I’ve had a very similar experience – always feeling creative but never quite knowing what until I had a DSLR in my hand. I started down the path of selling photography a little over a year ago, but haven’t ahd the time I’d like to devote to it due to another full time job, but I’m so pleased to see the success you seem to have had already. Given your images you certainly deserve it! Anyway, I’m in SE Queensland as well, so I just wanted to reach out and say hello. I’m looking forward to following your photographic journey. Have fun in the States!

      1. I’m out at Kingaroy but when I come to brissy I usually stay in the cbd. I will let you know next time I’m coming. I’m in the US right now 🙂

  24. So glad I found your blog, you are an inspiration to me & make me feel I have much to look forward to & many dreams still possible to fulfill! Thank you for sharing your wonderful words & your stunning photography! 🙂

    1. You are so very welcome. Many of my posts are as much a reminder to myself as to anyone else. I often feel that as I get older, maybe my chances have passed me by, but I can’t dwell on thoughts like that. I feel that I still have much to offer (as do you) and we can’t let anything stand in our way.

    1. You are so welcome John.. I am very glad you came by for a visit. You are most welcome here anytime 🙂

  25. You take the pictures I always dreamed I could…so thanks! Also, thank you for following bebeautifulanddance.com … see you around the blog streets.

    1. My greatest hope is to inspire others to chase their seams. Whatever their dream may be. Thank you for the lovely comment. You have warmed my heart.

  26. Tracie, just got a minute to read your story. This is incredible! I am so thankful I stumbled by your site this morning seeking to connect with people who just want to give to the world. Thank you so much for being a channel for the expression of divine beauty. Thank you for being here on this planet, now! Your art is nothing short of stunning and is a hugely valuable contribution to the shift taking place at this time.

    I love you so much! Thank you for being willing to let spirit express through you, you inspire me to want to be as willing!

    1. I know what you mean about connecting with like minded individuals. I think that is really important right now and your incredibly kind words have touched me deeply. Thank you so very much. xxoo

  27. See, that’s the thing. I don’t even know you, but yet, I KNOW YOU. And likewise, YOU KNOW ME. All of the “behind the scenes” spirit work, I believe, is the cause of these arrangements. It just looks in the physical world like I got on the internet and found your site, but I don’t believe for a single minute that I was not supposed to.

    Life is awesome!

  28. Hai Mam, My name is Sandeep,I am from India,now in UAE related to my job as a Nurse. I am very much intrested in Photography. If u dont mind can u please help me by sharing your experience? Also help me to choose a good DSLR camera?

    1. It has taken me over 2 years of constant learning and experimenting to get where I am now, and I still have such a long way to go. I don’t think you ever stop learning. I am totally self-taught and a lot of it was instinctual. It’s almost impossible to explain it to someone else, and lots of people have asked me. The best advice I can give, is to buy the best quality camera you can currently afford. I have upgraded my own camera 3 times now.. but I always go Nikon. And just practise, practise, practise. The more you shoot the more you learn.

      1. Thanku for your valuable advice Mam. The words you told was correct ,THE MORE WE SHOOT,MORE WE LEARN. I will practise as much as i can.
        In future,may be,I may have lots of doubts,if u dont mind,will you please clear my doubts in future?

  29. What an interesting story you have. Perhaps nowadays in my generation it’s easier to be a self–taught photographer by means of the Internet and quick communication tools than it was 20 years ago. Kudos for (sub-consciously) sticking to your passion and making it work. Your most recent and first portrait session looks very professional!

    1. Thanks Laura. It was a wonderful experience, but in hindsight not one I am planning on repeating. My passion is working with animals and promoting conservation efforts. And that is where I will be concentrating my efforts from now on.

      And yes, the internet (no matter what your age) is a fantastic tool for learning whatever your heart desires.

  30. Hi Tracie,
    I have come to your blog via you following me on Red Bubble. I was incredibly interested in your bio here. I too discovered a passion for photography very late, 3 years ago too in fact… And we are about the same age. 🙂
    My photography passion is in the area of nature; landscapes & wildlife.
    I’d be interested to know how you went about getting yourself a website and cementing yourself as a photographer. I have sold a few landscape digital images, early this year, to companies who discovered my work via my blog but I need to formalise things I think.
    Thank you.

  31. Hi Tracie Louise, just stumbled on your blog – love your wildlife and bird photography, absolutely stunning. Love seeing more. Btw, where did all those Kookaburra’s come from?

  32. HI Tracie Louise- Thank you for following my photography blog, Jane’s Lens. I hope you are inspired. Your images are exciting and I look forward to seeing more. I lived in Sydney for three months a year ago and love your beautiful country.

  33. Hi Tracie — I’ve been skimming your site this evening and I am just stunned — clearly Spirit is working through you. Phrase it however may be most comfortable, but you are a truly gifted photographer and teacher of Spirit. Or if you prefer, Spirit is working through you and your cameras. Either way, it’s the same thing. Thank you for allowing this awakening in your life, because through your work something wonderful is flowing into this hurting world. Thank you, thank you. Don’t stop.

    1. Thank you so very much for those amazingly kind words. I won’t be posting here on Capturing God any longer. But do hope you will follow me at Enjoyable Living.
      peace&blessings
      Tracie.

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