An upgrade to Morgan Rose‘s camera situation one Christmas turned a new interest into a passionate hobby she cannot deny. In between finishing up college this spring and working, she snaps pictures of the wonderful nature Connecticut has to offer. And while this isn’t her full-time job just yet, she told us about her biggest photography dreams that she hopes will come as she gets older and explores more of what nature has to offer.
Kendra: When you got that initial camera for Christmas, was it something you’d been hinting about or was it a surprise that wound up sparking an interest in something new?
Morgan Rose: It was a surprise. I’d been taking pictures on my digital camera, and photography was beginning to become an interest of mine. But when I got my Canon DSLR, I started to venture out more and get more creative with my photography. I started exploring Connecticut and the long exposure shots of waterfalls. My camera is my baby now!
Kendra: Your photography deals a lot with nature whether it’s natural elements or animals. Have you always been someone who appreciates the world around them?
Morgan Rose: I’ve always appreciated nature. I love being outdoors, animals, exploring, finding new places, and seeing the beauty. Nature is a kind of therapy for me. Even when I see a little bird outside my window, I’ll run to grab my camera and sit there and take tons of photos. I get so excited to take photos and show others.
Kendra: Where you would say is Connecticut’s hidden gem when it comes to nature photography?
Morgan Rose: Some of Connecticut’s hidden gems would be little towns where you wouldn’t think of. Little picturesque places off the street like in Litchfield County and upstate Connecticut.
Kendra: With all the wondrous places in the world to shoot, what area of the world would you hop on a plane to right now to snap some photos?
Morgan Rose: If I were to hop on a plane right now to snap some pictures, I would have to pick going out to the western part of the U.S. I would love to see places like Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Redwoods, and the Arches. I’ve always wanted to see those national parks and the natural beauty.
Kendra: You’ve mentioned that photography is not something you get to do full time. What fills your days when you’re not snapping pics?
Morgan Rose: Currently I take pictures in my free time. I’m graduating in May to get my B.S in Accounting and work part-time. On my days off or before work or class, I go adventure. I love when I have a free day and it’s nice out, I get excited to get outdoors.
Kendra: Are there any plans in the near or distant future to take on photography as a full-time career?
Morgan Rose: Currently, photography is just a hobby, but you never know what the future holds. I would love to be a full-time photographer. My dream would be to travel when I’m older and take photos. For now, I spend all my time off outside looking for new photography spots.