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Photography is my passion.

Brenda is an award-winning photographer based in Sonoma County, California. She is an enthusiastic workshop and tour leader, passionate about sharing her love for photography with others.

Brenda is also an inspirational speaker – having spoken to thousands of people across the country at venues including The Mountaineers Club, American Society of Media Photographers,  The Century Club, Photo Plus Expo, Carolinas Nature Photographers Association, and North American Nature Photographers Association and a host of camera clubs and photo club conferences.

A professional photographer for over 30 years, she has worked with many advertising and editorial clients to help them communicate their message visually. She wrote Creative Nature & Outdoor Photography (Amphoto Books) and co-authored Extraordinary Everyday Photography (Random House), and photographed the award-winning books: Muir Woods: Redwood Refuge, and Marin Headlands: Portals of Time, (GGNPC). Brenda’s photographs have also been licensed for ads, books, brochures, calendars, DVDs, greeting cards, and posters. Her fine art images are in private collections across the country. Getty Images and Danita Delimont represent Brenda’s stock photography.


“I love waking up early to capture the mist rising on the lake, or to witness the rainbow of dawn’s colors as they are painted across the sky. A great photo takes planning, preparation and a bit of luck and timing, but it still feels like a gift that I receive when I’m out there and it all comes together. I love to tell stories with my pictures, too, and to travel the world seeking the light and the life of everything out there.

As a teacher, I love to ignite the passion in others to explore their world more deeply and become the best photographer they can be. I teach through my own company, Awe and Wonder Workshops, and through established organizations such as Maine Media, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Pacific Northwest School of Arts, MISA and more.

As a tour leader, I am passionate about sharing wonderful places with enthusiastic travelers. I have conducted tours to Cuba, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Guatemala, Myanmar, Bhutan, and the list grows. I organize my own tours and work with other organizations such as Strabo Tours.”

Thank you to taking the time to learn more about me and for viewing my photographs. I hope we’ll have an opportunity to meet on a workshop or photo tour!