By Josette Keelor
With the Canon Rebel EOS T3 digital camera her husband bought her, Candice Trimble of Front Royal has set aside her psychology degree in the interest of developing her photography skills.
But the 24-year-old Warren County High School graduate doesn't have to travel far to find subjects for her hobby-turned-home business. She can step right through her front door in Warren County's Shenandoah Shores and find almost everything she needs right there, from the sunset over the valley to the intricacies of nature's canvas.
She'll photograph almost anything relating to the outdoors, but insects are a particular favorite of hers.
"I think those are all kinds of special," she said.
Her website is blossoming with photos of butterflies, spiderwebs, various flowers and trees -- so many she was unable to pinpoint any she prefers.
"Everything I put out there I love," she said. "That's why I share it."
In the business now for about six months, Trimble has learned a lot in a short amount of time.
"Everything you see is [captured with] just one lens," she said. She has her eye on a $600 macro lens, but until she can buy it, the nearest she'll get to zoom capabilities is as close as her subject matter lets her.
In one of her photos, an orb-weaver spider clings to its web. A grasshopper hides itself among strands of camouflaging grass. A yellow jacket sets down on a wildflower, offering a normally unseen look at hints of violet in its antennae and red along its body and wings.
"It does take a lot of skill," Trimble said, "because I have to get very close to those objects."
"Pretty much, if you see something, just hope that you have your camera with you."
Many of what she gets are lucky shots -- "And the butterflies, you have to chase them," she said.
"But it's worth the payoff, because people can see those things up close."
She said she's developed her hobby through love and so far has received encouraging praise.
Her photographs of cicadas showed up on CNN's website, and Trimble said the news outlet has been considering using the photos with a story later.
Accepted into the Art Institute of Washington, Trimble said advanced studies will have to remain in the background while she and her husband save to buy a home. Until then, she'll remain entirely self-taught while pursuing the goal of eventually being printed in National Geographic. She's achieved one goal so far -- being printed in UNsung Magazine's summer issue, which will come out July 31.
Currently the work on Trimble's website is marked down in celebration of Great Outdoors Month.
"There is a message behind all of my photography and that is just to appreciate nature a little more," Trimble said.
"I want to make sure that people respect nature. Just to appreciate nature a little more and to show it's beautiful."
For more information about the artwork of Candice Trimble, visit candice-trimble.artistwebsites.com/. To view her work in the upcoming issue of UNsung Magazine, visit www.unsungthemagazine.com/product/pre-order-issue-4--print
Contact Community Engagement Editor Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or firstname.lastname@example.org>