Asheville based photographer, Deborah Scannell, focuses her talent on capturing Mother Nature's splendor, season after season, along the Appalachian Mountains, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, State & National Parks, Coastal Regions, and abroadDeborah's professional photographic journey began in 2010 when she retired from a successful 23-year career as an ASID and NCIDQ-credentialed interior designer in the kitchen and bath industry. Her forte was designing luxury interiors for the South Florida and Carolina Mountain lifestyles. She is delighted that she can now apply all that creative energy, time, and talent to her life-long passion for photography.
After graduating from the Photography Institute, Deborah entrenched herself into her craft, continuing her studies and expanding her subject matter to include Home Interiors and Architecture, Fine Art and Landscape, and Nature photography. Her dedication has resulted in her work being featured in many local and regional magazines, competitions and venues, as well as abroad. She consistently delivers interesting perspectives, her creations displaying a quality separate and unique.
She is one of the area's most captivating nature photographers, with a penchant for framing our Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and environs in compelling ways. She has expanded her work to include Coastal areas and international locations.
"You get one chance to make a first and lasting impression, so make it count!" To coin a very old and very true phrase, "A picture is worth a thousand words." In Deborah Scannell's case, it is worth a thousand emotions as well.
In Deb’s Interior and Architectural work, she partners with leading builders, architects, and designers in the Southeastern and Northeastern regions and Houston areas, to produce affordable professional photography for their websites, television advertisements, and print use. The resulting images are used as visual aids for her clients, successfully contributing to generating more business for them and leading to satisfied customers who highly recommends her photography skills and services.
It is said that Ms. Scannell's work has a "three dimensional" visual affect which she creates through her ability to perfectly capture the play of light on a scene. Deborah has dedicated a new gallery on her website devoted to the the subject of light appropriately named, “The Light Chaser.” To clarify, Deborah says, "Photography is the intersection of composition, light, and timing. Sometimes it is the absence of light and what is NOT in the image that makes a good image. Knowing what to leave out could be as important as what to include." Continuing, she explains, "The absence of light is as important as light itself, as this is what gives shape and form to the subject of your image. Light cannot exist without darkness, and it’s that contrast that I work with. Revealing the gradients between light and dark is what we, as photographers, do. It is our artist's pallet."
She is very active on Facebook, where she happily shares her "Tips and Tricks" with other photography aficionados. There, she showcases her most current work and has monthly giveaways to pique interest. Deborah also leads hands-on on-site workshops around the WNC area, teaching others how to capture images of sunsets, mountains, and waterfalls to elevate their skill level and how to pull the most out of every scene to evoke emotion.