Laurie Edwards’ interest in photography began at an early age when she took her initial photography class from Roy Malone at Gold Trail Elementary School.
At that time, she made her first camera and learned to develop film in the darkroom. Later, she expanded her technical knowledge by participating in private digital photography workshops in addition to taking landscape and portraiture photography classes at Folsom Lake College.
She continues to fine tune her craft as an active member of the El Dorado Camera Club.
Recently retired from a criminal justice career lasting nearly three decades, Edwards now has time to devote to her hobbies as well as serving as a volunteer in the community.
She is an active member and past president of the El Dorado Hills Rotary Club and the El Dorado County, California Chapter of People to People International. She serves as a docent for the Gold Hill Wakamatsu Colony through the American River Conservancy. Laurie also provides photography services to charitable organizations. Edwards specializes in landscape and wildlife photography.
Edwards is exhibiting some of her exciting wildlife photographs taken while vacationing in Alaska at River City Bank, 348 Main St. in Placerville, until the end of October.
She captured these images while vacationing in Alaska last summer. In the second week of July of 2010, she accompanied longtime friends, Jim and Jan Baldwin, formerly from Placerville and currently Anchorage residents, to picturesque Homer and Seward.
She then traveled to Juneau for two days of sightseeing before flying west in a “bush” plane to Hoonah. Hoonah is a small village on the north shore of Chichagof Island in the Icy Strait, and is only accessible by plane or boat.
From Hoonah, she boarded the “Delphinus,” a trawler style boat and explored the spectacular and breathtaking sights of Glacier Bay for five days with three other El Dorado County photographers — Betty Sederquist, Rob Stewart and Jim Taylor.
The small boat allowed the photographers to get spectacular close-up photographs of eagles, puffins, bears, wolves and whales in their natural habitat.
The El Dorado Camera Club meets at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m., except for July and December when club socials are held. Visitors are welcomed.
For more information visit eldoradocameraclub.com.