About Dawn R. Siebert-Smith


"Happiness... it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort." ~Van Gogh

Canon EOS 40D
Canon EF 28-135mm IS
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 Wide Angle USM
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Nikon Coolpix S210 Point and Shoot
Sunpak Pro 523PX tripod

I am a full-time photographer...my "serious" side has a passion for photojournalism and sports photography...my "creative" side is attracted to still life and scenic photography...my creative vision is empowered by natural light...I create my fine art images by photographing the light then composing the photo.

ARTIST STATEMENT: I love being able to capture and share the essence of a moment—its intimacy and nuance—through a photographic image, an image that appeals not just to the eye, but touches the heart and soul, and evokes emotion. My camera is but one tool I use in creating a meaningful, memorable experience for my viewers; most of my work is done before and after I hit the shutter button. I find beauty in the simplicity of everyday life: a daisy hanging over the edge of the road, local farmers conversing in a small town diner, in the hustle and bustle of downtown Pittsburgh or along the quiet backcountry roads of southwestern Pennsylvania. I carry my camera, and my eye for art, wherever I go.

PHOTOGRAPHER’S BIO: Born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania, I’ve always felt a calling to be creative. In my early years, I thought perhaps I was destined to be an artist; however, a brief stint at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh taught me I was not going to be the next Monet. Still, I could not escape a sense of creativity, deep within me, just longing to find its outlet. Later in life, I tried my hand at creative writing, and jumped into an MFA program with both feet. Despite being disillusioned with my academic experience, I found my voice, and confidence, and knew I was on the right track to discovering my medium for artistic expression. Then, serendipitously, I stumbled upon photography a few years ago. I took to it like a fish to water—a hungry fish, for I could not learn enough fast enough. And, although I had discovered a new tool, I was able to bring to my new craft a lifetime of learning and yearning, as well as an innate artistic sense (a camera does not make a photographer any more than a brush makes a painter). I’ve also found I love the technical aspects of producing photographic images as much as I love the artistic aspects, and I’ve been blessed by the tutelage of several accomplished photographers in the region. I look forward to a lifetime of learning and experimenting, combining technique and artistry, and, most importantly, bringing visually and emotionally stimulating images to my viewers.


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