Hi, I'm Denise

People see me with a camera and they always tell me to "put the camera down and have some fun." And I say, "Are you kidding me? This IS fun!”

My father started it. He had a darkroom in our basement when I was a kid. One of my favorite childhood memories is hanging out there with him, watching images of my sister and I come to life in the developer bath under the red glow of the safety light. I can trace my interest in pictures, family, genealogy, photography, and scrapbooking back to that moment.

My career has taken me to photo processing labs, a photo agency, newspapers and ad agencies. I learned the most about photography while working with some amazing photographers at the Providence Journal. I processed their photos, went out on photo assignments, and even had my own column for a while.

It was in that journalism atmosphere that I realized I really enjoyed capturing the spirit of people – in both the everyday and milestone moments. It's an evolving challenge that motivates me every time I pick up my camera.

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Finding Mary

I'm currently working on a personal project that tells the story of Mary on the Half Shell and other lawn shrines using my photos and quotes from the shrine keepers. If you have a shrine in your yard, I'd be interested in photographing it and learning the story of what it means to you. Follow the story on Instagram or send me an email.