The Arts Council of Livingston Parish will host an exhibit featuring the work of several members of the Louisiana Photographic Society through Mar. 30 at its offices on Hummell Street in downtown Denham Springs.

A reception and free lecture series will be held Saturday, Mar. 11, and will include presentations from society members Ashley Herrick and Mahdi Moinul while the keynote speaker will be Lisa Langell, a professional nature photographer who lives in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The doors will open at 10 a.m. for the reception and the presentations will begin at 2:30 p.m. Many of the exhibiting artists will be on hand throughout the reception and light refreshments will be served.

Langell, a multi-award-winning wildlife photographer with an international following, is known for her wildlife images that artfully capture breathtaking moments. She will be talking to the audience Saturday afternoon on the topic of “Stop Documenting: Start Creating Beautiful Wildlife Images.”

Fans of her work say Langell’s images evoke both a visual and emotional connection for the viewer, offering not just a photograph but an intimate experience with nature.

Langell’s images have been published in magazines that include “Arizona Highways,” “Ranger Rick,” “Phoenix Home & Garden,” “Images Arizona,” “Arizona Wildlife Views” and numerous others. Her work has also earned honors and awards from the National Wildlife Federation, North American Nature Photographer’s Association, Professional Photographer’s Association, and more.

“If you love to photograph nature, you also know that it’s a challenge to even capture wildlife through the lens -- let alone photograph it in unique and artistic ways,” she says. “You are certainly not alone if you struggle to be innovative at a time when more people than ever are photographing nature -- but it all starts to look the same.”

“Both beginners and seasoned photographers find themselves at these crossroads,” Langell continues. “You may think you need a different lens, or different location, or different species -- but what about a different mindset.”

“What if you could discover photographable moments that turn into compelling images in ways you haven’t even thought of before,” she asks. “It’s time to think differently. It’s time to shoot differently and do so in ways that are uniquely you.”

Herrick, the assistant director of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, grew up in Ponchatoula and spent time living abroad in Wales, Nova Scotia and France. Her overseas experiences made her aware of Louisiana’s unique and vibrant culture, an awareness she enjoys sharing with visitors from around the world.

Now living in Baton Rouge, Herrick enjoys grabbing her camera and a few friends to search for local adventures.

Moinul, a native of the beautiful country of Bangladesh currently living in U.S., is now working on his Ph.D. in civil engineering at LSU. “Traveling and photography is my pastime and I am very passionate about creating the spirit of art in my photography,” he says.

The mission of the Louisiana Photographic Society is to advance and promote the art of photography in the River Parishes of south Louisiana. To help achieve this goal, they offer members a variety of programs, classes, seminars, and field trips throughout the calendar year. For more information on the Louisiana Photographic Society visit www.laphotosociety.com.

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Tommy Comeaux is the Lifestyle editor at The Livingston Parish News. He can be reached via email at TommyComeaux@gmail.com. You can also follow him on Twitter, @tommycomeaux.

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