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My name is Beth Young and I am a Sacramento, California-based landscape photographer passionate about capturing uplifting images of nature that endeavor to communicate the therapeutic effects of photography, both for the photographer and the viewer.

Through capturing exquisite light, design, and dynamics for enduring landscape images, I seek to create imagery that conjures feelings of hope, healing, and renewal with an emphasis on wellness and the human experience. By employing a palette of bright colors and warm light in the landscape, my work has been described as "Northern California Nostalgic".

Acutely aware of the impact that uplifting natural imagery can have on those in severely stressful surroundings, my passion is focused on creating nature photography for healthcare environments to help alleviate the stress of patients, their families and caregivers, provide positive distraction, and improve patient outcomes in clinical settings.

When I found myself going through treatment for cancer, it reinforced the importance of healing imagery in healthcare environments and my conviction to produce these images for the benefit of others. Through that experience, I gained a greater appreciation of the impact positive imagery can have on someone with limited mobility, illness, or undergoing treatment in a stressful environment. That appreciation led to a framework, a guiding principle to my photography.

My work is featured in hospitals, clinics, cancer centers, psychiatric facilities and elder care communities throughout California and beyond for such clients as Dignity Health, Kaiser Permanente, UC Davis Medical Center, Sutter Health, and more.

As an Evidenced Based Design (EDAC) certified, and licensed architect, I have a unique understanding of the technical aspects of artwork in clinical settings, and evidence based principles in landscape photography.

Through any of my print sales, I commit a percentage of my profits to breast cancer causes that seek to make a direct impact on patients.


Collaborations

In an increasingly saturated market of beautiful imagery on social media, my passion lies in creating images that convey emotion, tell an authentic story, and promote reverence for our natural world.

That is why I am collaborating with other photographers to build a movement around Slow Photography, a platform for those who share a passion for a more thoughtful approach in a way that enhances the end result, focusing on the quality of the photographic experience over quantity. 


Proud Member, Nature First, The Alliance for Responsible Nature Photographydedicated to following the Nature First Principles:

Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.

Educate yourself about the places you photograph.

Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.

Use discretion if sharing locations.

Know and follow rules and regulations.

Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.

Actively promote and educate others about these principles



Bibliography

Adobe, "Jump to Light Speed With Star Trail Photography", June 2021

On Landscape, "Sequoias, Fire and Water", June 2021

Light & Landscape, "The Slow Approach to Woodland Photography", Issue 48, June 2021

The Landscape Photography Show Podcast, May 2021

F-Stop, Collaborate and Listen Podcast, April 2021

Photographing the West Podcast, December 2019

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

Exhibitions

Sparrow Gallery, Sacramento, CA

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, Sacramento, CA

Blueline Arts, Roseville, CA

Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Carmichael, CA

California State Fair Fine Art Competition, Sacramento, CA

Via Romano Vineyards, Placerville, CA

Shine, Sacramento, CA

Awards

2019 Lassen Volcanic National Park, 2020 Annual Pass Photo Contest for "Manzanita Lake Clearing Storm"

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

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

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

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

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

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