Tell me about yourself, Maribeth.
I’m from Point Pleasant, NJ and I’ve been taking photographs pretty much all of my life. When I was younger, I was obsessed with exotic, far-off landscapes. But over the years, I've been drawn back home and back to smaller, less grand moments—my cat sleeping on the window sill, a wave inching its way forward on the sand, or my father’s dusty organ sitting in the corner waiting to be played. I still love those magnificent landscapes, but I find that most of my work now focuses on taking snapshots of people and places and objects that are dear to me—all the brief moments that evoke more simple, more serene everyday emotions.
How did you originally get into your craft?
I first started taking photographs when I was about 8 years old. My first photographs were little Polaroid pictures of my stuffed animals all lined up on my bedroom floor waiting to be put into some fun, action-packed movie role. (I really loved Han Solo at the time, so most of their adventures were on some distant planet out of our solar system.) From there, I fell in love with landscapes which then lead me to macro photography. The moment I purchased my AF Zoom Nikkor 28-85mm Macro lens I was hooked, and I have never looked back.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Roll Me Away” by Bob Seger seems to capture what I feel at that moment.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Time…Finding the time to create, play, and reinvent myself…and finding the time to network in order to reach a larger audience.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A space explorer, right out of Star Trek. Yep, I’m a Trekkie.
What item in your collection would you like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
My favorite image right now (it always changes with each new phase of my photography) is Landscape in the Key of G. This image sparked my love of vintage musical instruments.
What other artists out there do you love?
Alexa Meade. She’s amazing. She paints directly on top of her subjects and places them in real life situations and environments. Her work is brilliant.
What does your future hold?
Hopefully, more open road and a bit more adventure.