After returning to university to complete a Master’s and Ph.D, I moved to perhaps one of the most aesthetically spectacular states in the US, West Virginia (yes, West Virginia), with its sublimely ancient mountains that date back 480 million years. From the craggy outcroppings of Seneca Rocks to the pristine highlands Canaan Valley to the rocky depths of the New River Gorge, this state is a landscape photographer’s dream.
For the next few years, I taught in my chosen field of Politics, spent weekends hiking and kayaking West Virginia’s mountains and rivers, and vacationed along the South Carolina coast, a state with charming seaside towns with still well-preserved Gullah culture around Charleston and on some of the barrier islands, such as Edisto Island. Most recently, I’ve added astrophotography to my expanding imaging interests.
And in 2017, I finally opened my own Photography business, Simmons Photography. Trained over many years in the technical aspects of photography, I’m also Adobe trained in Photoshop, Lightroom, Visual Design, and WorkFlow.