We’re proud to present our first reader’s gallery featuring Stefani Brown of Albany. You’ll find her on Instagram as @pnw.wonderness. If you’d like to be featured as the photographer in our monthly reader’s gallery, share your photos with us on Instagram at @1859Oregon.

About Stefani

“I am a born-and-raised Oregonian who will never leave. I’ve always lived on the west side of the Cascade Range, but my husband Jason and I are dreaming of moving over to Bend within the next few years. I have never taken a formal photography class, but have had a camera in my hand since I was a child. My husband bought me a Canon Rebel T3i for Christmas in 2013 and I haven’t put it down since. I now have a T5i and am learning new tricks and techniques every time I go outside. I’m starting to do portrait photography as well, but my heart is in landscape.

When I’m not daydreaming about my next adventure, I’m an elementary school counselor. The community I work in has limited resources and doesn’t have a lot of extra-curricular activities for the children, so last year I started an after-school photography club. It was a dream come true to teach my students the fundamentals and basics of photography and to see them blossom. A couple kids begged me, at the end of the year, to let them take their cameras home over the summer so they could keep taking pictures. Photography is more than a hobby—it is a passion. I hope that my students will grow up into amazing adults that have the same love for taking photographs as I do.”

-Stefani Brown