Meet Gina England...


10 random things:

  • Creating is what I love to do more than anything.  I was one of those elementary school moms who looked forward to end of the year teacher gifts so that I could make something handmade, unique, fun and personal.
  • Speaking of which, I'm proud to be called "Mom" by a pretty amazing 16 year old son.
  • I devour books and am currently in the "penalty box" as far as reading is concerned.  When I have a new book (or an entire series), I will happily do without food and sleep.
  • Seeing the first blooms of Spring, and a divinely cloudaliscious sky, gives me the warm fuzzies every time.
  • My favorite colors are green and blue.  I collect glass items in every shape and size in my favorite colors. 
  • I have an addictive personality (see book reference above), but most of my "must haves" won't kill me.  Topping my addictions list is the Flipboard app, homemade sushi, French Vanilla coffee, and ANYTHING chocolate.
  • Thinks Adam Levine may truly be the perfect man...huge crush!! (I felt this way long before he was named People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive BTW ;)
  • Singing was my first love, followed closely by acting and theatre.  Despite that I'm actually an introverted person and have on occasion been accused of "hermiting".
  • My sense of humor is, at best, described as "corny".
  • Photography has been my passion since I was very young.  Film was king back then and developing film and printing photos in the darkroom is one of my favorite memories from high school.

What people always want to know:

“How did you get into photography?”

Skimming the highlights of my story…my first introduction to “real” photography was in high school.  I was on the yearbook staff and was handed a camera and allowed to wander about the school.  Being able to develop the film and print photos in our school darkroom was "too cool for words" (that's the teenage me talking).  That began my lifelong passion for photography.  When my son was born, and toddling about, I took A LOT of photos.  I was introduced to Photoshop around that time too.  A digital darkroom!  This reignited my desire to pursue photography, first as a serious hobbyist and then professionally.  I began photographing live bands, and shortly after that, I became a freelance photographer for a small town paper.  It was such an exciting time and I learned a lot.  Digital photography was becoming more and more prevalent and I was fortunate to have a loaner camera from a great friend and mentor.  This eventually led to my first “real camera” purchase (a DSLR), and it’s been full speed ahead since then!  I love being artistic.  I love photography.  I live and breathe to create.