We had the good fortune of connecting with Sue Gold and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sue, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I’ve never really had a balance between work and my personal life. I’ve always put my professional career as a journalist and then press secretary/communications executive first. When you are in the communications field, it’s really a 24/7 job. However, I was fortunate enough to be able to squeeze in at least one or two vacations each year so I could take photos and visit new national parks throughout the country. Since I didn’t have children, I was able to schedule these trips in the spring and fall, instead of the summer, enabling me to photograph the fall colors and waterfalls when they were at their strongest. Doing these trips over a 30-year period, enabled me to photograph many of the parks and enjoy nature at its best.
I retired last year and this balance completely shifted. Now, I concentrate on the “life’ part and blend in the work side with my photography business. I have already taken multiple road trips throughout the country to visit and photograph places I previously didn’t have time to explore. Further, I had the time to build and launch my new website, www.SueGoldphoto.com, highlighting photos from my travels. I admit, it’s a learning process to make this change, but I do feel so much more relaxed and am truly enjoying my life.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The world of photography has changed so much over the years. When I started out as a journalist, I was mostly covering the music industry. I had a black and white lab in my apartment where I processed and printed all of my photos for my stories. Today, everything is digital and photographers have access to multiple programs to fix, enhance or even alter their photographs. However, I’m not big on this. I love being able to capture scenes as I see them. I want people to see the beauty of nature as it exists such as the deep red colors of the rocks at Zion, the orange hoodoos of Bryce and the multiple colors that peak through during sunsets. I think this is one of the biggest things that sets me apart from other photographers. There are many ways to photograph a scene. I want people to look at my photos and remember being at that place or inspire them to go..

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m so lucky to live in the Las Vegas area where I am literally only a few hours from amazing national parks and scenery. The first place I would take someone is Zion National Park, which is less than three hours away. After spending one or two days there (hiking the narrows and a few other trails), we would go to Bryce Canyon and then Page, Arizona, to see Lake Powell. Page is also home to some spectacular slot canyons as well as the famous Horseshoe Bend trail. If the trip was in the summer months, we would visit the north rim of the Grand Canyon, stopping at Lee’s Ferry on the way. This is one of my favorite places. In addition to being beautiful, Lee’s Ferry is mile marker zero for the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon so many times you can see boats preparing to launch into the Canyon from here. Depending on time, we could visit Hoover Dam or Death Valley once we returned to Las Vegas, but I always opt to spend as much time as possible in Utah/Arizona. Even the drive from one place to another provides you with great scenery.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My father bought me my first camera and taught me about photography. Whenever I returned from a trip, we I would go through my pictures together and he would offer me suggestions to improve my skills. His constant support and encouragement over the years helped shape my photography more than anything.

Website: www.suegoldphoto.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/suegoldphoto/

Twitter: @suegoldphoto

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzcRa7c6CyZ5idjn8rGTZTg

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