Gallery Opening for Photographer Antoinette Charles
Penn Camera 18th Street
Friday May 7th
A native of trinidad and Tobago, Antoinette is quick to tell you she is an Island Girl at heart. Antoinette has called the Washington DC area home for over 30 years growing up inthe Columbia Heights neighborhood and attending high school at Wilson Senior High, College at UDC and University of Maryland University College, graduating with a Business Degree. After spending many years in the financial industry and realizing her creative side was stiffled, she explored the sales profession plunging head first in a variety of industries. One thing that she maintained throughout was her personality and winning smile. So when it came time to turn what was a hobby into a business venture, she had all the pieces ready to complete the puzzle.
A sampling of the images you will see at her gallery:
Photography has always been a part of her life as far back as she can remember. As a teenager and young adult she was a model and was always in front of a camera, but her fascination grew and when the time came she was able to purchase her first camera on her own and the rest is history. Her interest and passion for photography, like most things took a back seat to family and work, but in 2006, she purchased her second digital SLR for a trip to the World CUP held in Germany. "I wanted the best since it was my first trip to Europe" so she purchased her Canon Rebel X and is now an avid Canon user with a bag full of impressive Canon bodies and lenses.
Needless to say, Antoinette has used her business skills to make her hobby into a viable enterprise. She is actively seeking out photography opportunities every day, continuining to educate herself in the Art of Photography, and volunteering her skills whenever possible.
Antoinette has had the opportunity to cover some interesting events and her most cherished was that of a recent session photographing two surviving Tuskgee Airdmen, Lt. Col (RET) Jefferson and Holloman. They are living legends and it was an honor for her to be able to photograph them.
Antoinette's work has been featured on-line at Schnapp and has also been used in a cookbook. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, and more of her work can be found at www.acharlesphotography.com.