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15 minutes with the PIs volunteer photographers for June

Kelley CoxGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Eleven years ago I was an amateur photographer who had never even taken a photography class of any kind. Really I was just a mom who liked to take pictures. The Glenwood Post contacted me to see if I would like to shoot for the newspaper for two weeks while their staff photographer went on his honeymoon. What an opportunity! This two-week stint soon developed into my full-time dream job. Now I am taking a vacation for the month of June. My husband, Mike, and I will be spending a few weeks in Europe, and since neither of us have ever had a passport before, we are both very excited about this new adventure. The Glenwood Springs Post Independent is very fortunate to have two local amateur photographers to step up to the tripod and volunteer their time and their talents, Kyle Simonson and Sharon Yoast.I would like to introduce Kyle and Sharon to you with the Q&A below. Watch for their photos in our paper. Ill be back to work the first of July, so I’ll see you then.

Tell us about your family and history in Garfield County. My husband, Jim, and I have lived in Garfield County for about 37 years. We moved here when our three children were small. Jim worked for the Colorado State Highway Department, and I have mostly been a homemaker and stay-at-home mom. We now have three grandchildren.What are your hobbies and special interests? Sewing, painting, drawing, photography, hiking, time with family and Bible studies.What is your experience in photography? I have always taken lots of pics since getting married.What is your favorite subject to photograph? Scenery, barns and grandchildrenWhat do you think your biggest challenge will be in taking on this monthlong commitment? Just to be sure to get good photos and get them in on time.Have you ever had your photos published before? Yes, in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Photos By YouDo you want readers to contact you by e-mail with photo opportunity ideas? I think that would be great! (Sharon can be contacted at jsy@sopris.net)Do you have a particular photo that you have shot in the past that is your favorite? Its hard to choose, but I think the one I took of two fawns, nose to nose, in our backyard, like they were posing for me. I also love to take photos of Mount of the Holy Cross and old barns.

Tell us about your family and history in Garfield County. My mother and father grew up in the New Castle/Silt area. They both graduated from high school in the early 1980s from Rifle High School. Our roots go all the way back to the pioneer days of New Castle where the Simonson family (great-great-grandparents) homesteaded up the Elk Creek valley. I graduated in 2008 from Coal Ridge High School and have two sisters, Ali (who graduated this year) and Drew Anne (who graduates next year).What is your current occupation? I work as a materials tester for Yeh and Associates in Glenwood Springs. What are your hobbies and special interests? My hobbies and special interests include golf, fishing, four wheeling, photography, computers, piano and snowboarding, and I will continue pursuing my private pilots license in the fall.What is your experience in photography? For several years I have owned my camera and have spent hours experimenting with a variety of light conditions, camera settings, etc.What is your favorite subject to photograph? I love shooting action shots and capturing nature.What do you think your biggest challenge will be in taking on this monthlong commitment? Finding the time to really be creative will be challenging with my work schedule.Have you ever had your photos published before? Yes, the Post Independent has published a couple of my photos.Do you want readers to contact you by e-mail with photo opportunity ideas? That would be awesome! (Kyle can be reached at jeffsimo@willowwisp.net)Do you have a particular photo that you have shot in the past that is your favorite? I love shooting eagles, and I have this particular photo, I believe there are four or five eagles perched in an old dead tree near our house up Divide Creek.