It all began in 24 years ago in high school…SLR and a dark room…when FILM was used and skillfully developed…using chemicals! Fast forward: several years later with a broken heart, I return to the passion that never let me down. Telling stories with words and pictures. (Bio below)
Anything is subject to capture by my lens or my pen:
Mountains | Trains | Guitars |Rocks |Waterfalls |Barns | Bridges | Bears | Birds of Prey | Pets | Babies | Smiles | Brides |Blooms
A Halcottsville resident and owner of Mountain Girl Photography & Design, a company specializing in lifestyle photography, web design and the promotion of brands, musicians, history and local happenings, Rebecca focuses on documenting the real stories of the mountains through her lens and pen.
She has worked as a reporter for the Watershed Post , as the food and lodging writer for Kaatskill Life and various Catskills travel and lodging guides, along with being published in Catskill Made and the Chronogram. Many have read her articles telling the stories of Irene survivors, the demise of the Ulster County’s rails and the reconstruction of the Blenheim Covered Bridge. Currently, Rebecca is also the Social Media Marketing Director for Verglas Media.
Almost forcibly inspired by the images she captures with her lens, Rebecca also writes and performs poetry that demonstrates her deep love for the Catskill Mountains and the people who live here. Often the poems are combined with images, as in 2017’s “In Bloom” exhibition at Commons Gallery in Margaretville, NY, where her works shared the walls with painters Alix Hallman Travis and Mary Davis. During the 2019 AMR Studio Tour, she again presented her photography woven with poetry.
Born and raised on farms outside Baltimore, Rebecca moved to Bucks County, PA after graduation. She studied and traveled the country and eastern Canada extensively, along with trips to Africa, and worked as Head Stylist for several garden vendors at QVC studios, B.B. (before baby) In 2013, she settled in Delaware County with her husband, now a local contractor and licensed NYS guide, and their daughter, becoming permanent transplants to the Western Catskills, the one place that feels most like home.
Check out my in-depth interview with Jenny Neal of Upstate Dispatch to find out how I went from peddling tea in PA to telling stories in NY.
Thanks for reading.