D. S. Brennan Photography

Diana of D. S. Brennan Photography sells fine art photography prints and products, inspired by nature, drawing inspiration from her work as a part-time wetland scientist. Her work has recently been on exhibit at the Warwick Museum of Art in Warwick, RI.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Diana.
I've always loved taking photographs, and really enjoyed getting to use my father's Minolta SLR when I was given permission. I took my first black and white photography class in high school, and was hooked. I made sure to take another course in college. After college the lack of darkroom access put a damper on my photography for a while. Then, in late 2005 and early 2006 two things happened - I got my digital SLR (my Nikon D70) and I left my job. D. S. Brennan Photography was born.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Enjoy a special dinner and a glass of good wine with my husband, "picnic style" on the coffee table at home.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Keeping track of everything that needs doing and getting it all done. I'm not organized by nature, so this has been a good learning experience but a tough one.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Tough question. I think I'd like someone to buy me a 30x30 print of 'Albino Blue Jay'.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I believe I wanted to be a construction worker or a fireman. I don't know that I ever expected that to actually happen! I did play a lot in vernal pools, finding frogs, so I guess the wetland biologist thing isn't a big surprise.

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
Oh soooo many. I'll start with Arts in RI, my local street team. These folks are so talented, I feel really lucky to be a part of the group.

Some other favorites are...
Michele Maule [Be sure to check out the SCS interview with Michele Maule here - Ed.]
Geninne Zlatkis
Restless Things
Anne Julie

What does your future hold?
Well, my big goal this year is to get my work into galleries, so I'm hoping the future holds that! I'm also joining forces with an audiobook company, Sunflower Audio Books, who will be using my images for their CD covers.

One of my most exciting future moments will be seeing my photographs in the dorm room set of the upcoming film "The Roommate", which will come out in 2010.

Ultimately, I hope to one day be a stay at home mom (no kids yet), earn a modest income from photography, and live a simple and joyous life.

Visit Diana at Etsy and dsbrennan.blogspot.com