I grew up with a father who loved taking photos of his family. I learned from him to see the beauty in even the smallest things. One of my greatest joys is sharing this beauty with others.
My photos were taken with my Canon Rebel T2-i, T3-i or my cell phone. The first camera was bought because I started a photography business, Creative Lens Art By Melodie, (later changed to Photos by Elaine Estes) in 2010. I had many opportunities during this time. I served as a photographer for the local chamber of commerce and was hired as a photojournalist for the local newspaper. My photos of Fuquay-Varina were used in advertising for a new development nearby to advertise the area by a major marketing company. Several of my photos have been used in an article in the Raleigh News and Observer. My experience also includes shooting twice for Relay For Life and once for Out of the Darkness, an organization providing support for families who lost a loved one through suicide.
Photographs of animals from my escapades to different places including Busch Gardens, Virginia Marine Life Zoo, and Asheboro Zoo are in the album as well. Scenic photos from Germany, Switzerland, Chicago, Washington, DC, Virginia, North Carolina and my home town, Greenville, South Carolina can be seen as well. I hope you will enjoy viewing the pictures as much as I enjoyed photographing them.
I enjoy capturing smiles and facial expressions of surprise and joy. I will also have a large number of photos of cats, dogs, birds, insects and animals because everything has its own beauty and life to live. So much beauty and so little time to see it all!