Be Smarter Than The Camera, Kid!

Be Smarter Than The Camera, Kid!

Be Smarter Than The Camera, Kid! It was Saturday afternoon, autumn and crisp. My father was watching a football game on tv. Billy “White Shoes” Johnson was a football player and a superstar. He was amazing. 

Dogwoods -  Heaven On Earth

Dogwoods - Heaven On Earth

I embraced April weather like a cozy blanket. The dogwood flowers above my head danced with delight in mid-air. 

Black and White Only

Black and White Only

It was windy today. It was five o’clock, and the sun was beaming with joy. The dogwood petals were translucent and outstanding. The sunlight gave the flowers drama and presence. The flowers swung back and forth like sheets hanging outdoors on a clothesline. I rushed into the house to get my digital Nikon camera and lenses.
Orange Tulip Portrait

Orange Tulip Portrait

I decided to photograph a wilting orange tulip. A tulip that looked as if it was going to take flight. 
Spring Walk

Spring Walk

A beautiful blossom gets into your soul and creates gorgeous love pockets that embody you from head to toe. 
The Breath Of Spring

The Breath Of Spring

Spring has sprung. Driving home from work, I saw gorgeous tulips all over the neighborhood. The smile on my face made me glow inside. I rushed home and had dinner with my husband. We chit-chatted about our children, us, and the world. We were both exhausted from the work week.  After dinner, I changed my clothes and put on some sweats. I said honey, I must go photograph the tulips in our neighborhood. He smiled. He said to be careful. I gave him a big kissed and rushed out the door.

As I drove down the street, I was so excited. Like the night my husband took me to the prom. I digress. To the left and the right of me, yellow and red tulips stood out. I find tulip dignified and romantic. Tulips can have the most delightful entanglement. You can always find a pair of tulips intertwined like lovers. The tulips postured and posed; they welcomed me in. Then it started to drizzle, and I stood there in my lime green hoodie, holding my camera full of joy. I began to feel the breath of spring blow across my face. My cheeks raised upward, and my smile was buoyant. The sprinkles falling rested upon my nose and tickled me so. I felt blessed to feel the beauty, warmth, and chill of spring.

As cars passed by, the drivers nodded and smiled. I smiled back.The magic of spring will make you do that. People walking by shouted I love tulips! I love the spring colors! I exclaimed, me too! Then I got on the ground to photograph the tulips and had a ball. My glorious moment was seasoned with enchantment. I spent twenty minutes on the ground photographing my dignified and romantic friends, tulips. All of a sudden, I was done. I wondered, who in the heck would help me get up? It used to be so easy. I laughed to myself. I moaned and groaned and got up from the ground somehow and returned home. I told my husband about my stunning moment with the tulips. I said I missed you so. He said really? I said yes, darling. I could have used your help trying to get up off the ground. We laughed. He said, right. He gave me a big hug. We stood in the living room like tulips entangled and grateful.

Life is too short not to enjoy the breath of spring.

All best,

Photo Empress

Photo of Kelly Johnson CEO of Photography Kelly Johnson Children's Book Author

Photo Empress

Welcome to my blog Photo Empress!

Hey Photography People!

Photography sparks our creative senses, communicates our visual voice, and touches our souls.

After thirty-five years as a professional photographer, I am still inspired by photography. Every day I wake with creative thoughts, which sets my soul on fire.

I love photography, and I’ll tell you why. Since I was a child, I have photographed people specializing in children’s portraiture. Well, lo and behold, the pandemic changed that. Isolation prevented me from photographing people. I started photographing flowers and nature about twenty years ago, just dabbling. In 2020, the pandemic came crashing down like the speed of lightning, with the loudness of a million thunderclaps adjacent to alarming silence and desolations.

I could no longer photograph children. What’s a Photo Empress supposed to do? That’s me! I just now assigned myself that title. Did I mention I have a sense of humor? I’ll redirect back to photography. Photographing flowers full-time sounded exciting and new. My mind started soaring. My heart began to bloom like a flower in springtime. Maybe, I’ll photograph flowers and write a book? Yes, that’s what I’ll do! You can’t keep a good girl down. Excuse me, not girl, Photo Empress. I’ll have to get used to my title. I will tell you more in the upcoming weeks about my flower book debuting in April 2022.

For me, photographing flowers leaves me breathless they are full of personality. Sometimes they are happy and sad. Sometimes, they are arrogant, posing, and posturing. Sometimes they’re queenly and kingly. I can’t go wrong when I’m photographing flowers. I just pick up my camera and start shooting! Everything about flowers is grand. The way flowers absorb light is stunning. Illumination guides my flower photoshoots in the studio or in a lovely garden. You can flip or turn a flower in any direction and get a great shot. Light is the essence of a photoshoot. Learning to see and control light gives a photographer photo power. Right on, right on! Photo power, I like that. Maybe photographers need to wear a superpower cape? Because whatever we are photographing takes guts, creativity, agility, savviness, and courage. Photographers go into unknown environments and make beautiful things happen. A cape is the least people can do for their superheroines and superheroes who create magnificent super moments, sometimes out of chaos, and sometimes the chaos is the magnificent super moment.

Some will see photographers as glamorous; others will see how much work we put into “getting the shot.” I have never found it glamorous, but my goodness, it is exciting, exhilarating. I have been a photographer for three-fourths of my life. I have worked as a studio photographer, medical photographer, children, family portraiture photographer, wedding and contract photographer, greeting and notecard photographer, and photojournalist. I am in awe of photography. It makes people smile and cry. It touches the soul, the mind; it makes us think, feel, and exalt. A single picture can tell a story of love, pain, happiness, and that’s why I love it!

I will share images from every decade of my career as I blog. It has been a beautiful journey. And guess what?  There were frustrations and disappointments too. Frustrations and disappointments taught me success, inspiration, and joy. Photography is the visual voice for all.

All are welcome to make comments or share stories.

Be Nice To All!

Negative comments will not be tolerated. Photography is a happy place. 😊

Let’s have some fun! WORD!

Kelly Johnson



Calla Lily by Photography Kelly Johnson Photo Empress of Flowers