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Life Lessons: A photographer follows her passion

By Nancy Werteen, Anchor / Reporter, NWerteen@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 04 2013 04:00:00 AM CST

Life Lessons Follow your passion

They say a picture is worth a thousand words- but for professional photographers, a picture can also represent thousands of miles traveled and hundreds of hours worked.

Photographer Camille Seaman traveled all the way to the Arctic and Antarctica to photograph melting icebergs.

"What I saw there was so heartbreaking," Seaman says. "I think that beauty is the best way to communicate and create some sort of emotion."

Seaman has covered the globe. But, she didn't start her photography career until she was 32. She says it's never too late to find your passion.

"You shouldn't feel like you are fixed to one thing," Seaman said.

She contacted Steve McCurry, one of the most famous photographers of our time; he snapped the famous shot of the young afghan woman for National Geographic.

"One of the things that struck me about Camille was the great enthusiasm and passion," McCurry explains.

Steve became her mentor; "He said that you can't fake time, and I think that's really true. When you put time in on any subject or place it shows," she said.

Seaman's passion is now her career: her photographs have been published in National Geographic Magazine, Time, the New York Times, Newsweek, and many others.

She has received a National Geographic Award, the Critical Mass Top Monograph Award, and was honored by the National Academy of Sciences for her iceberg photographs.

Camille is now five years into a new project, where she is documenting storms.

She only accepts long-term projects because she says they allow her photographs to be more "honest."