About Brenda



Why I Take Photographs

As an ever-advancing digital society, most of us interact with screened devices and man-made materials more than we engage with the natural world. 

We too easily forget that we are part of nature, not separate from it, and our actions have profound impacts on our natural resources, our food and water supplies, our weather, and our health. 

I believe that to live sustainably and healthfully, we must rekindle our connection to and appreciation for nature.  I hope my work inspires you to find ways to get outside more and experience the natural world first hand. 

Photo credit:  Stephen Gorman

Photo credit: Stephen Gorman


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Brief Bio

Brenda Petrella is a Vermont-based landscape photographer and the founder of Outdoor Photography School and the host of the Outdoor Photography Podcast.

Her successful tutorial YouTube channel recently surpassed 29,000 subscribers, and her videos have been recommended by Imaging-Resource, Shutterbug, Photography Talk, Capture Landscapes, Picture Correct, and others.

Prior to photography, Brenda was the principal investigator of a cancer research laboratory at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT and later oversaw biomedical safety and compliance at Dartmouth College and the Geisel School of Medicine.

In late 2016, Brenda left her scientific career to honor her love of the outdoors and pursue a long-standing interest in landscape photography.  She has been invited to showcase her work in several solo exhibits around Vermont and New Hampshire, and her iconic Vermont landscape photographs were recently chosen for a permanent exhibition in the Vermont State Attorney General’s Office in Montpelier.

Brenda's images have been featured on the cover of Northern Woodlands Magazine and by the National Wildlife Federation, Slow Photography Movement, Save the River, and the Monovision Photography Awards.   Brenda has also been an invited speaker at several camera clubs nationally and internationally.



Get in Touch

Please contact me to discuss a personal purchase, commercial installments, exhibits, editorial or collaborative projects, or licensing.  If your camera club is looking for speakers, I give 1-2 hour live virtual seminars over Zoom.  I'd be happy to discuss potential topics and speaker fees with you for the 2021 calendar year.  Thanks!


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