Brenda Petrella is a molecular biologist by training, a sustainability advocate in practice, and a photographer by vocation. After pursuing careers as a cancer biologist and as a biosafety professional, she decided to honor her love of the outdoors and pursue a long-standing interest in photography. She is now a Vermont-based outdoor photographer focusing primarily in landscape, nature, night sky, natural abstract, and rural life photography.

Throughout her life, Brenda has felt the most grateful, humbled, inspired, and awed when outside in nature. As a child, she would seek solitude in the wooded stream behind her house to take a break from the obligations of homework and extracurricular activities. Today, even a simple exploration of a trail or a few minutes peering up at the night sky is often enough to recenter her and give her a moment to reflect.

Photography is Brenda’s way of capturing those reflective moments that bring her peace and share them with others. As a society, Brenda believes we are too consumed by our technologies, our deadlines, our materials needs and conveniences. Her hope is to inspire others to find ways to get outside more and experience the natural world first hand. When she’s not behind the camera, she can be found hiking with her dogs and partner, cycling, snowshoeing, gardening and taking care of her pet cows.

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