Hello! My name is April.

Nick and I on our wedding day. Photo by Ara Rosalani

Welcome to my website (or my blogsite or my portfolio or whatever the cool kids are calling it these days.) A culmination of my art and my words. 

I first picked up a SLR in 1997 when my uncle gave me his to play with. I loved taking it out and doing some very amateur shooting with it at the beach and on hikes. Sadly, it was a short-lived adventure, as it was stolen out of my car on a road trip. (If you know anything about it, please call the authorities immediately! Ha!). However, there was something about the photography medium that kept pulling me back to it. I went to school for interior design, where I took an elective photography class and started to learn a few technical skills (I use that term loosely as it was a LOOOONG time ago). A few years later, I took a black and white film class for fun and loved every minute of it. Then the true passion began in 2009 when I purchased my first DSLR. What started as a hobby of taking pictures when I went on hikes has since evolved into an obsession. 

Raised as an Oregonian, the outdoors are part of my DNA. A perfect day for me would no doubt be along the lines of going on an outdoor adventure to explore some new hidden gem, preferably with Nick by my side and a camera in my backpack. To me, nature photography is the ideal balance of finding new adventures and beautiful locations blended with perfecting a skill that I’m passionate about. Landscapes are my primary subject as well as people in special moments. Sometimes the two go together to make some magic.

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at what I love doing.

Nick and I in the Columbia River Gorge

My Style

As a nature enthusiast, I tend to err on the side of natural-looking results in my photography. I aim to create a scene in a photograph that best emulates what I see and how I feel while I am shooting it. I think color is the spice of life when it comes to nature so I tend to create more of my landscape photographs in color. More of my people photographs are in black and white because I feel the emotion of a scene can be better felt without color as a distraction. Seems a bit contradictory, right? 

My Gear

A photograph is only as good as the photographer, but using quality gear will certainly help with the technical aspects of a photo. While not the main ingredient in making a beautiful image, here is what I currently shoot with:

Camera - Canon 5DMkIII

Lenses - Canon 16-35 f2.8L, Canon 24-70 f4, Canon 70-300 f4-5.6L

Filters - I use a variety of UV, CP and Lee filters

Tripod - Induro GIT304L

Ball Head - Really Right Stuff BH55

Pack - Burton 

Other items I always carry with me - remote release, extra batteries, plenty of lens cloths, extra memory card and a dust blower. Snacks are always a good idea, as well, because when I get hungry, it’s not pretty.