As an avid outdoor enthusiast with a passion for adventure and exploring, it comes as no surprise that Monica Beck fell in love with capturing and sharing her experiences through the art of photography. Monica’s primary goal as a photographer is for people to encounter the natural beauty of the world around them. “I want my photographs to inspire people to venture out and explore the outdoors. My hope is that they will be motivated to tap into their own creativity, whether it be through photography or any other art form they feel connected to.” Based in Redding, California, Monica can usually be found exploring the great outdoors in search of photo-worthy moments with her favorite sidekick, Moose.
Q & A with Monica
Q: What is the most important thing that people should know about you as a photographer?
A: I think the most important thing to know about me as a photographer is that I do photography because I love it and it’s something that runs through my veins. It’s how I live and the way I see things. It’s also how I’m able to communicate the beauty of the world around me with others. I’m constantly assessing scenes for their photographic quality and “awe” factor, hoping that my interpretation of that beauty connects with others on some level.
Q: Do you recall the moment when you first realized that photography was a real passion in your life?
A: It was actually a specific photo that ended up sparking this creative desire within me. I was walking around a piece of property back on the east coast and came across this little daisy flower. I remember zooming in on it and seeing this fascinating yellow spider that perfectly matched the yellow eye of the daisy. I thought to myself, “Oh my gosh, there’s a whole new perspective of the world to take in out here.” And from there on, I think I took my camera with me everywhere I went in search of more of those “awe” moments on both micro and macro levels.
Q: What would you say has been your favorite photography adventure so far?
A: If we’re talking large scale here, I would have to say Iceland. The grandeur of that country is astounding. I was continually oohing and ahhing at the scenery around me. I would love to go back someday and take more of it in.
Q: What training have you received as a photographer?
A: I’ve been on numerous photography workshops and have been mentored by some great people. McKay Photography Academy was my first experience with group workshops. I’m a hands-on learner (I hate to read all the technical stuff), so it helped me to be surrounded by other learners and getting out in the field to practice what was taught. After that, I spent some time under the mentorship of PhotoNerds University and have learned a ton from them as well. I think that just being around other photographers shooting on location is what has worked best for me.
Q: How would you describe your dream job?
A: For the most part, my dream job involves anything that gets me out on the road, seeing new places, and taking pictures along the way. It’s even better in the company of cool people who thrive on adventure as well.
Q: Would you say that you have a favorite photography style?
A: If I had to rank them, I’d say: 1) landscape/nature photography, 2) travel photography, and 3) natural light portraiture.
Q: Besides photography, what are some of your other favorite ways to spend your time?
A: Sharing laughs with good friends, listening to my brother and friends jam on the guitar and sing, getting my fitness on at the gym, kayaking Whiskeytown Lake, hiking, and road trips where I can blast my music and sing like no one's watching. ;)