About Me - Optimal Focus Photography

About Beth Young

Located in Sacramento, I am a photographer and architect utilizing evidence based design principles in nature photography. Acutely aware of the impact that natural imagery and positive distraction can have on those in severely stressful surroundings, my passion has evolved over time to focus on nature photography for healthcare settings to alleviate the stress of patients, their families and caregivers, and help improve patient outcomes in clinical settings. My work is featured in hospitals, clinics, psychiatric facilities and continuing care communities throughout California. My aesthetic endeavors to capture exquisite light, design, and dynamics for enduring landscape images.

As an Evidenced Based Design (EDAC) certified, and licensed design professional, I have a unique understanding of the technical aspects of artwork in clinical settings. I am also a contributing photographer to the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals, an international non-profit art organization that donates nature photographs to medical facilities and hospitals. 

If you have a project in mind, please go to the contact page and leave me an email at optimalfocusphotography@gmail.com or contact me at (916) 296-6268 for more information.

A percentage of the profits made through print sales here on my website goes toward breast cancer awareness and education programs to women in need.

I relish the opportunity to work with art consultants and designers, and look forward to collaborating with you!


March and July, 2019, Sparrow Gallery (group exhibit), Sacramento, CA

August 2018, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center (solo exhibit), Sacramento, CA

July 2018, California State Fair Fine Art Competition (group exhibit), Sacramento, CA

November 2017, Sparrow Gallery (solo exhibit), Sacramento, CA

September 2017, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center (group exhibit), Sacramento, CA

August 2017, Via Romano Vineyards (solo exhibit), Placerville, CA

July 2017, California State Fair Fine Art Competition (group exhibit), Sacramento, CA

May 2017, Shine (solo exhibit), Sacramento, CA


California State Fair Fine Art Competition, Award of Merit for "Moonset Over Hot Creek", Sacramento, CA, 2017

Sacramento Fine Arts Center "Visions" 2016 Juried Photography Show, Best in Category for "Main Street, Bodie State Historical Park", Carmichael, CA

California State Fair Fine Art Competition, Award of Merit for "Coyote Hunting in the Snow", Sacramento, CA, 2016

Blueline Arts Freeze Frame, A National Art Photography Competition, "Bonsai Rock Pink Sunset", Roseville, CA, 2016

Sacramento Fine Arts Center Visions 2015 Juried Photography Show, Award of Merit for "Mount Lassen at Sunset", Carmichael, CA

California State Fair Fine Art Exhibition, Award of Merit for "Bonsai Rock Pink Sunset", Sacramento, CA, 2015


Outdoor Photographer, "Favorite Places: Bonsai Rock", May 2018

VIA Magazine, "The West's Best Waterfalls", March, 2018

SF Gate, "Moonbow Season is Coming Up at Yosemite", April 12, 2016


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