• Laurel Contributor

The Power Behind The Picture

by Donna Rhodes

As a teen Colleen Kerrigan was given a camera, and with it, the gift of a life-long passion. Even though her camera had no manual, and she had no mentor, Colleen set about her learning quest. A quick study, she caught on to photography in a snap.

Today she spends her time running a highly successful company, The Business Spot, a wifi workspace that provides packaging, shipping, faxing, printing, and shredding services. She has a super staff that allows her to run her photography branch of the business, shooting family portraits, events, real estate homes and sites, and artistic images of landscapes and the natural beauty of the Plateau.

One of her favorite panoramas is that on Fairfield Lake. There is something magical about the water, the patterns of reflections, the colors of the seasons from the neutrals and sepias of winter to the blazing, bright palette of autumn. She never tires of Mother Nature’s prize-winning presentations.

November’s cover photo is a Fairfield shot.

“I drove my friend to the lake,” she says. “I had my camera in the car. We started walking away without my digital. I stopped. Something told me I’d need it, so we went back for it, and good thing, too. It was one of those Kodak moment days. Every turn, every path, every shadow, every setting was magical. Reflections leapt off the water. Trees shimmered in the light and shadow that clothed their leaves. Birds posed. Colors vibrated, intense and saturated. Everything around us was demanding to be captured. It was an indelible day in my memory, and that makes the cover photo one I am especially pleased to share with Plateau residents.”

It’s clear Colleen is inspired by Mother Nature but she has other muses too, like Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, Walker Evans and Annie Leibowitz.

There are elements in a photo that are compelling to Colleen.

“In people portraits I look for expression and light and gesture,” she says. “In a landscape, it’s color, light and pattern. Pattern is my big thing. Repetitive lines, shapes, forms, textures. Those rhythms create the harmony I’m looking for.”

Experience that harmony in photos of your upcoming wedding, a family reunion, a holiday family portrait, an outdoor or indoor event or any activity that you’d like preserved in beautiful color. Contact Colleen at (615) 400-5498 or visit her website: colleenkerrigan.com.

Don’t miss her opening, Friday, November 1, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. at Studio 106, 478 Dillard Road in Highlands. Call (828) 787-2121 to RSVP your attendance.

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