Celebrate HER this month
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Celebrate HER this month
Enter for your chance to win the ultimate bundle of prizes!

Photography often conveys emotion, allowing a viewer to connect with an image, even if they weren’t there. Capturing a photograph documents  a moment in time, but also allows us to have a glimpse into the thought process and personal views of a photographer. This month, we are celebrating women in photography and showcasing a select group that inspire and motivate photographers around the world.

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Meet Brenda Tharp – Outdoor & Travel Photographer

Santa Rosa, CA

What type of photography are you shooting and what motivated you to focus on that genre?

I work primarily in landscape, nature and travel photography, both the reality of and artistic impressions of those genres, but I don’t limit myself to just those genres. Some of my photographs also represent the ‘joy of seeing’ in that they celebrate the light, form, gesture and textures of the world around me, natural or manmade. My target audience these days is the fine art market but I also offer stock licensing of select images.

Did you experience any challenges as a woman entering into the photography market?

For assignments, I didn’t really notice any challenge. But when it came to getting recognized as a landscape photographer, it was more challenging initially, and many of the outdoor/landscape magazines regularly featured the work of male photographers. Some of that was due to the smaller percentage of women doing outdoor photography, and the male-dominated network that publishers would reach out to, but that has changed a lot, I’m happy to say, and women continue to be more recognized in the outdoor photography genre. I think that social media has helped, because we’re not dependent on being published in the magazine(s), so everyone can have their work seen by so many people, online, whether male or female, and that has helped a lot of women become more recognized than ever before.


Who and/or what inspires you most?

Rather than naming people that inspire me, as there are many, both female and male, I will say that wilderness and nature inspire me – it’s where I feel connected to the world the most, when I’m surrounded by beauty. Also, I’m inspired by seeing new places, and the freshness they instill into my creativity.


Why is accurate color important within your workflow?

I want what I have created and see on my monitor to be accurately translated to the print. Whether it’s the true colors of nature or an artistic interpretation of something, what I see is what I want to get in the final print.