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PAINTING with my camera.

That’s the essence of my “Into the Light” series.

I love to capture light in a somewhat surreal and very imaginative, abstract way. It’s very fulfilling to work with my camera as I capture light, shadow, motion, and sometimes strong horizontal or vertical elements in a way that is totally unique. I will often start with a clean and clear composition, then find that special “substance” — a quality of light or good composition — that turns an average scene into something much more powerful. Using a variety of camera settings, sometimes extremely slow shutter speeds combined with movement, I have a knack for catching beautiful patterns and textures. They can be simple, or complex. They can be vividly colored, or have a limited palette. I am always amazed and inspired by the variety and unpredictable results that I can achieve in a single setting. I’m often playing with warm and cool toning, toying with symmetry, adjusting perspective, dragging light sources, exploring texture, searching for backlighting, breaking the rules of photography, or reaching out at odd angles with my camera and shooting “blind.” Part of the beauty of these photographs is that I can find the right formula in the most unexpected places. Any time of day. Any weather. Wherever I travel, I am open to nature’s ability to adapt light without reserve. And in stark contrast to a typical landscape photo, for instance, the blurred lines and flow of light between the lines brings a new beauty to the scene - an abstract point of view that may leave the viewer wondering what the original subject might have been. Once I find that magical place, I can easily get carried away and consumed in the moment. Time almost stands still. I’m often asked how much post-production work I do with my images, since special effects are so prevalent and quite stunning with Photoshop and other digital effects. But for my Into the Light images I’ve chosen to only touch up dust spots, enhance contrast, and crop. That’s it. I like that the photo is my own invention — a treasure from one second in time, where the light, movement, camera, and my whole being were in harmony. And even though I will sometimes crop an image or flip it for a more natural flow of light, I like that they don’t have that manicured look. There is a sense of emotion and timelessness. And I love it when someone sees a spiritual or healing element in an image.


As a fine art photographer, event planner, and juror, I see hundreds of thousands of images each year. For me, a great piece of art has to start with just one thing: the ability to stop me in my tracks. To catch my breath, and hold me timeless in it’s grasp. To be interesting, even from a distance. To tell a story. I strive to create great photos that express my passion for life. I like them to stand out in a crowd, and share a special light, emotion, color, detail, or composition. And yes, each one tells a story. I always keep my eyes open for unexpected opportunities — as I walk on a beach, or on a forest trail, or on vacation with my family, I’m often turning around to see what is behind me. What did I just pass that might be an interesting scene or have unusual light? When I work with kids, it’s fun to find those special “few” who are full of ideas and energy and want to explore and try alternative techniques with their camera. In some ways, I feel like a kid myself. There is so much to learn. So much to see. So much left to discover. I have a wonderful zest for life, and see things in everyday scenes that often steal my attention. I remember a scene in my garden, perhaps in 2002, where I was completely mesmerized by the erupting water from my hose as I was watering some plants in my garden. The water drops were backlit by the sun, arcing up and out of focus from my hose in layers, and they seemed to be in slow motion. It was as if I could see every drop being born and shooting off into the world to do their job. I couldn’t sense my body for a few minutes as I stood there, amazed. I remember being afraid to move, because I didn’t want to break the spell. It was pure magic. I hope you find my thirst for beauty — enchanting    … my love for color and drama — inspiring    … my painterly light-and-motion photos — illuminating    … my work ethic and search for excellence — enriching    … and my passion for timeless beauty — breathtaking.


Ms. Satterwhite has been a resident of Bainbridge Island, Washington, since 1997. Prior to that she has lived in several states like Illinois, Indiana, Florida, and Colorado. She visits southern California often, where she has family, and she loves to travel. She is a serious tennis competitor, and talented pianist, speaks German, and loves living in her waterfront home with her husband and son. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree and has worked in various industries including marketing, hi-tech, insurance, operations, and advertising. She offers consulting and commercial photography for artists and corporate clients, as well as marketing and photography workshops. Her work can be found in regional galleries, on stage and film sets, and in homes and office settings worldwide. Ms. Satterwhite is also known for her hands-on alternative photography, including hand tinting black and white photos, Polaroid Image & Emulsion Transfers, and SX-70 Time Zero manipulations.
“Weaving light, dark, line, color, texture, motion and shape in a way that are uniquely balanced involves all of my senses and years of experience.  Sharing my passion for life is truly a joy - and I don’t take my gift for granted, even for a moment. I hope you find my images captivatating, and cherish them for many years to come.”
fine art photography Bainbridge Island, Washington
Inspirational quote c/o Photography Monthly, June 2011 From Stephen McCurry’s bio pages “There is only one key ingredient to getting a successful image — the photographer armed with a good amount of vision, passion and knowledge. Vision is about being able to see an unusual quality, angle or focal point in a scene which captures something unique. Passion is the bit that drives you on, even though it is cold in the morning and the weather is bad when you get up and get out in search of the wonderful light. Knowledge is the years of studying technique until you forget even to think about it, where your camera has become an extension of your mind’s eye. This also means building a great visual vocabulary by studying and dissecting images you like in order to see what makes them great.”