carla francis 

Photography became an interest later in life when I was given my first digital point and shoot camera by my youngest son. This initiated a journey of pursuing digital photography by taking classes, seminars, photo tours and workshops with some exceptional photographers. Through these I learned photography; it was not a talent I was born with. I was challenged by my photography mentors to capture what I was motivated by, not as a means to winning photo competitions. These photographers include John Barclay, Dan Sniffin, Chuck Kimmerle, Cole Thompson, Rad Dew, Peter Cox and Adam Turow. There are so many beautiful places in the world but it is particularly inspiring to photograph in a different way.  

Photo Credit: Grall Photographic LLC


My husband and I have been blessed with opportunities to travel to many beautiful places as well as interact with people in various cultures. Some of these are in remote areas and not frequented by tourists or photographers. Due to the diversity of photographic opportunities, my primary focus is Landscape Photography. This includes landscapes, seascapes, travel and street photography.

I have exhibited in several non-profit fundraising endeavors. One of my images, “Fall in Colorado,” was accepted by a local charity, COMFORT PROJECT 360, for display in the Cancer Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ. During my career as a Nurse Practitioner at the Department of Veterans Affairs, East Orange, NJ, my images were accepted by the Planetree Healing Arts Committee and were frequently displayed on the New Jersey VA website.  In 2020, my image, “Wanaka Tree” was published in LensWork’s book, “Our Magnificent Planet 2020.”  I am an active member of two camera clubs, Livingston Camera Club and Essex Photo Club.