Dawn Tesoro, Long Island Member Since January 2009 Artist Statement When I was younger, like a number of young ladies I dreamed of becoming a model. I never aspired for Super Model status, just the kind of model that is pictured in commercial advertisements. In my 20's I got a portfolio done and campaigned for modelling career in NYC. Considering the fact that I was basically camera shy and not very gifted with charismatic talents, I let go of my modelling endeavor and stuck with a career in accounting. What I didn't realize at the time was that I was on the wrong side of the camera. My love for taking photos quickly developed. I had a yearning for the outdoors and would travel, hike and encounter exciting adventures; bringing a camera with me. I started shooting trails in the Rocky Mountains and began to notice how the camera not only captured the image on film, but also in my mind and heart. Taking photos has become a large part of who I am over the past 10 years and has become an intergral part of my daily life; more than just a hobby, it's a passion. I love shooting because it challenges me to create a relevant image of God's awesome creations. I have taken thousands of images and have rarely shared them. This is the beginning of my photographic story. I hope you enjoy what you see.