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Kimbrell, Judith

Kimbrell, Judith
Birth City: 
Princeton
Birth State: 
NJ
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Photographer - Author
Biography: 

Judith has specialized in capturing breathtaking scenic and nature images for over 20 years. She shares her vast knowledge through private and group photo tours of Garden of the Gods as well as other Colorado locations. You can also join her for photographic seminars and workshops. Visit her website to view portfolio images, fine art prints and see free instructional videos at www.mothernaturephotography.com.

Judith says, "Showing up at a location and photographing nature by literally recording the moment is different from capturing nature as an artist feels it should be viewed; using light, weather, equipment, and an artistic interpretation to show Mother Nature’s beauty and power. Both methods are useful in photography, but each has a distinct time and place. My goal is always to make each image intentional, represent my artistic vision, and create a piece of art that will be loved for a lifetime.

I have spent the majority of my life in Colorado Springs, moving here as a child. I remember my joy while climbing on the rocks of Garden of the Gods early in my life. Though I moved to Michigan for ten years, Colorado always echoed in my heart. Now that I have returned to “The Springs,” I often frequent Garden of the Gods, spending much time hiking and photographing this breathtaking open space with my loving husband and children."

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art, Hillsdale College - Addition studies in photography at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI - Staff Photographer for R.J. Michael's, Inc. (an advertising agency in Jackson, MI) - Studio Manager and Second Shooter for Don Jones Photography (a commercial photography studio in Colorado Springs, CO) - Twelve years as both an art and photography faculty member and head of the Professional Photography department at Pikes Peak Community College.
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
General landscape and nature photography tips and techniques - Best practices to learn and study photography, and start a photography business - Local landmarks and parks including: photography site favorite locations around the city and tips to make amazing photos in each place; the history of Garden of the Gods; issues pertaining to the preservation of the land and wildlife.

Gould, Peg

Birth City: 
Olean
Birth State: 
NY
Current Location: 
Manitou Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Journalist - Author - Chaplain - Massage Therapist - Spiritual Advisor
Biography: 

A career writer and editor from upstate New York, Peg moved west to Colorado and Alaska, where she renewed her love of photography on the stunning Kenai Peninsula. She worked for several decades in daily newspapers (Gannett and Freedom) and freelanced for years for business and lifestyle magazines. She is licensed both as a massage therapist and a spiritual advisor and has worked in hospital spiritual care. She writes about people and what they believe, career development, small and corporate business, health care and education, psychology and nature.

Peg and her husband Todd raised a family in Manitou Springs and still live there, but also enjoy working on their log home in Alaska.

Awards/Honors: 
Mark Hellinger Award, Journalism
Sigma Delta Chi Outstanding Graduate, Journalism
First HS Journalism Award
Well Dones, Colorado Springs Gazette
Education/Training: 
MBA, University of Colorado - BA Journalism, Cum Laude, St. Bonaventure University - Alaska's oral history
Organizations: 
Member, AMTA (Message Therapy)
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Grief - Bereavement - Interviewing - Self publishing - Travel - Parenting - Nature and Animals - Outdoors

Cramer, Chad

Cramer, Chad
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1976
Birth City: 
Mt. Clemens
Birth State: 
MI
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author, Speaker, Software professional
Biography: 

Chad Cramer has a business degree from Cornerstone University and makes his full time profession in the software market. Ever since he was an early teen, he dreamed of one day having children and leaving a legacy for them. After years of writing down ideas and then beginning a family, Chad knew that his experiences would teach well beyond his household.

When his children began to struggle with the fear of the dark, writing a book came naturally for him. The process of researching this fear, studying God’s word and even helping his boys overcome this fear was such a wonderful time of growth.

He lives with his wife and four boys in Colorado Springs. When he is not stopping his boys from search and destroy missions, he enjoys hiking in the Rockies, snowboarding, writing and entertaining friends and family.

Education/Training: 
Business degree from Cornerstone University
Organizations: 
Woodmen Valley Chapel
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Fear - Fear of the dark - Parenting
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Bentley, Nancy

Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer, Librarian, Educator
Biography: 

I came to Colorado in 1973 because of the beauty of the land and the promise of the future.

Awards/Honors: 
The Case of the Garden Monster - Colorado Authors' League Award (2004)
I've Got Your Nose! - Junior Library Guild Award (1993)
The Making of a Storybook - Recognition at the Chicago Children's International Film Festival 1992
Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Lake Erie College, Ohio, 1968 - Master of Education, Educational Communications, University of Hawaii, 1972 - M. A. L. S., Library Science, University of Denver, 1974 - University of Denver Publishing Institute, 1981 - Stanford University, Publishing Course, 1983
Organizations: 
The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Colorado Authors League - Authors Guild - Colorado Association of Libraries
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Contact author for speaker topics and availability
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