About Me

Photography has changed my life.

Updated Sept 28, 2016

… and the journey continues to amaze me! It’s hard to believe it has been four years since I bought my first “big girl” camera, one that I just recently sold to a budding enthusiastic amateur nature photographer. I knew he would be hooked just as I was! I have bought several other cameras since that D3100 and now shoot mostly with a Nikon D610 and a Nikon D7100.  My work has been shown in a growing list of galleries in North Carolina and Virginia and I will be venturing out more in 2017 on the art show circuit. Click here for my event page. 

Thanks for visiting my site. I hope you are inspired to see the world around you in new ways.


(Original post)

I have always enjoyed taking pictures but now I can honestly say that I am beyond passionate about photography.  In the fall of 2012, after a particularly difficult transition in my life, I made the decision to purchase my first big girl camera, a Nikon D3100, and to learn about “real photography”.  It was one of the best decisions I have ever made and by far the best therapy I have ever experienced.  I wake up each and every morning now eager to discover the little surprises that I may be able to capture as I go about my day.  There is always something new to shoot and something more to learn about my camera, about photography, and ultimately about myself.

I rarely go anywhere without my camera now.  It is the best companion I could ever ask for.  It keeps me entertained and engaged, it offers me new challenges and adventures and it helps open my eyes to all the beauty that surrounds me.  It gives me great joy to be able to capture and share that beauty with others.

I have often said that things happen for a reason. I firmly believe that everything that happened prior to the purchase of my camera had to happen to get me to this place.  Even all the terrible painful experiences brought me to these moments filled with joy and inspiration.  Photography has truly changed my life in ways I never could have imagined just a year ago.

While I shoot a wide variety of subjects, I have found that I am drawn to certain types of images.  Those are the ones I share here on this site.  I am not quite sure why I am so captivated by these types of images, whether it says something about my soul, whether it has to do with having spent part of my childhood in Southeast Asia, or what it is that draws me to such places.  I see these images as an interesting collaboration of Mother Nature, Father Time and mankind, who all joined together to produce something lovely.  To me anyway.

More of my photography can be seen on flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/cjnewlife12/ and also on www.5280LensMafia.wordpress.com.

I am currently working on making my photography available for purchase.    Stay tuned for more info!

Thanks for visiting my site.


15 thoughts on “About Me

  1. meticulousmick says:

    I think photography helps one to see beauty in the world. Glad to see it is giving you a new lease of life. Thanks for coming over to my own site and liking the post ‘Green Door Contrasts’ and when looking at your own site I can see why this one might appeal. Try also taking a look at ‘Abandoned’. Like you I am shooting what I like and at present am not into being pigeon-holed. Have a good weekend and thanks for th elite – why not follow too. MM 🍀

    • cjnewlife12 says:

      Thank you so much MM! I am flattered by your nomination! I have added an Awards/News page to my blog – check it out!
      Best to you

  2. geanieroake says:

    May I just say that I LOVE your pictures. I’m so glad I found this blog. Your photo’s have kind of a rustic, country, cozy, antique (is that enough adjectives for ya?) feel about them. Why don’t you make a calendar. I’d buy it.

    • CJ Newlife says:

      I am working on some products now – calendars, books and greeting cards. I will let everyone know when I have them ready for purchase. Thanks for stopping in and looking at my images!

  3. garden98110 says:

    We are pleased to have found your photos and look forward to seeing more. Of course is everything before brings us to now, then what is now is more later. Grist for polishing the mirror of the soul. On our journey in the Healing Garden, there is practice. And more practice. – The Healing Garden gardener

  4. pkphotooftheday says:

    It was a pleasure visiting your blog. I like your “About” because it really shows your depth of feeling about photography. I love the subjects you choose. Keep up the good work.

  5. Mary Kendall says:

    I just found your blog and have loved going through your pictures. You have a real talent for capturing things that ordinary people (e.g., me!) would never see in an ordinary object. I’m not a good picture taker, but I do appreciate what a good artist or photographer brings to us all.

  6. Tom Clausen says:

    Delighted to read of your discovery of photography as a passion and to see the beautiful wabi sabi- eye of the beholder photos you have presented. I am very much drawn to very similar images… anything weathering away and being gradually transformed is what I love looking for. So glad I found your site! Looking forward to following your wonderful photos.

    • CJ Newlife says:

      Tom – I am so sorry I missed this comment before. It has been a very busy year for me and I am just getting back to my beloved Wabi Sabi Images project. I hope you will continue to follow me in my photographic journey! CJ

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