I became a photographer at the early age of ten(10) after completing a 4th grade Sophia Elementary School science fair project consisting of a gallery of photos of local illegal trash dump sites and an essay addressing their ecological impact. Although my project did not finish first-place, I do believe the lessons learned from combining photographic as well as literary skills helped enable me to graduate as co-valedictorian of my 1982 Independence High School senior class. It has also helped me to begin my business dedicated to Fine Art Photography(MountaineerPhotoMemories.com), which is designed to encourage individuals to seek the healing beauty of God's creation, especially that bestowed upon our (and possibly your) Home-State of West Virginia. It was the chosen home (Cunard, WV) of my husband's great-grandfather, Joseph Matthew Connard, as he immigrated to the United States during the late 19th century. His first-born son to this Country and West Virginia was Adolph Ardnt Connard, who assisted in the formation of the United Mine Workers of America (U.M.W.A.). He supplemented his meager coal miner's wages by taking, developing, and printing portraits and other photographs using a large format bellows camera(Conley Model 'B') which he mail-ordered from THE Sears & Roebuck Catalog Service for the then ENORMOUS sum of $27 Dollars in 1925. Just as he, myself and my husband are dedicated to sharing with you the Wild & Wonderful beauty of our Mountain State; Almost Heaven, West Virginia!