Me on a teepee (my shadow with a Canon S90 in the brilliant Texas sun). San Antonio, 2008

Me on a teepee (my shadow with a Canon S90 in the brilliant Texas sun). San Antonio, 2008

Elizabeth Danner

The desire to capture the beauty I saw in the world led me to photography as a child. Family trips to West Virginia and a household subscription to National Geographic made me want to grab a camera and shoot the breathtaking sights. Various cameras have stowed along for countless family events and gatherings with friends.

When I started teaching I turned my lens toward my students. Photography became a powerful tool in reinforcing desired behaviors or celebrating success for students with cognitive disabilities. My goal was to capture the beauty in the people that I saw every day. The comedian, the gentle friend, the thoughtful philosopher . . . Whatever traits each student exemplified was what I wanted to show.

Through feedback and study I developed an eye for the shot that represented the best of what each child had to offer, without highlighting their challenges.

Today my goal is to offer anyone the gift of seeing themselves reflected through a loving lens, using a Canon dSLR, my 50mm or 85mm prime lenses, and the skills I learned as an educator and amateur photographer.