Detroit, US 52 F

© Laurie Bartolo 2021

About Me

My name is Laurie and this is my photography website and blog. Here’s all you really need to know about me.

I’m a photographer.

Not the kind of photographer who gets paid to take photos (although I have sold my work in the past), but the kind of photographer who loves the act and art of taking photos. I almost always have a camera on me and take photos every day. This site is a place for me to better organize, share and enjoy my photos. I regularly add new photos to the portfolio feed on the home page, the galleries, and the blog. These include photos from my archives as well as new photos that I’m taking every day.

My favorite subjects include dogs, other animals, and vintage cars and trucks, but I’ll photograph anything that catches my eye. I love everyday photography and street photography, preferring to capture candid shots and shoot spontaneously as life unfolds. This is why I always have a camera with me!

I’m a dog lover.

When I first started out on my own, my goal in life was to have a house with a yard so I could get a dog. It took a while to get the right house, but once I did, I got a dog. And I’ve had at least 2-3 dogs at any given time ever since. I’m one of those people who prefers dogs to humans and I don’t apologize for it. I actually got into photography because I wanted to take better photos of my dogs. I’ve since expanded to other subjects but dogs are still my favorite subject for photography. This is why there are so many dog photos here!

I’m as free as a bird.

I spent twenty years in the corporate world before getting out in 2017. Fancy title. Great salary. Horrible job. I left at 48 years old and never looked back. My husband has a few more years until he retires and I can’t wait to ride off into the sunset together.

I’ve lived all over the United States (currently in Michigan).

I’m an Army Brat who continued a nomadic life in my 20’s and 30’s and then became a trailing spouse. This means I’ve moved a lot in my lifetime, living in nine different states and traveling across country numerous times. I’ve lived in some beautiful places including Hawaii, Florida and New Mexico. I’ve moved for fun, I’ve moved for work, and I’ve moved for love. My favorite place? New Mexico easily holds that spot at the top of the list and I hope to move back one day.

I’m currently living in the Detroit area as a trailing spouse. Detroit was expected to be a short stop on an open-ended journey, but thirteen years later, I’m still here. This is the longest I’ve lived anywhere! While it’s not the best location for a sunshine-loving photographer, I’m making the best of it while looking forward to moving back west in a few years. Photography has been an amazing way to keep my spirits high during this extended detour.

Finally, this pandemic-inspired Internet meme pretty much sums up who I am:

Here are a few photos of me and my dogs:

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Here’s a little bit more about me…

I love lifting weights.

I started weight training at 50 after a series of injuries sidelined my 35-year love affair with running. It was love at first lift for me and lifting has become my daily priority. While I started out with a trainer in a gym, the pandemic gym closures led to the set up of my home gym, where I’ve been happily lifting ever since. 

Classic Rock is my jam.

Everyone thinks that the music they grew up with was the best music, and I’m no exception. The classic rock genre spans multiple decades but I’m most enamored with the music from the ’70’s and ’80’s which is what I listened to as a kid.  It takes me back to a more carefree time and, at least for a little while, I can forget about how fucked up the world is now.  If I’m down, I’m always just one Van Halen song away from a complete attitude adjustment.

I’m patiently seeking sunshine (some days I’m more patient than others).

My goal in life is to live someplace sunny again. The sun affects my mood and energy level – when there is a lot of sunshine, I’m happy and have abundant energy; when it’s overcast, I experience low moods and my energy drops off.  It’s like I’m a battery and the sun is my charger. I’ll be moving in a few years and while my heart is set on New Mexico, I remain open to other locations with abundant sunshine, a low population, and stunning views.

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I also maintain a personal blog at laurieunleashed.com where I post updates several days a week and share lots of photos of my dogs! 😀