Letitia grew up on a ranch in eastern Kansas. Her passion for photography began when she received a camera for her thirteenth birthday. She has always loved exploring the natural environment and her camera and dog were constant companions as a teenager. While wandering around the creek that ran through her father’s ranch she came upon a clever idea for a photograph. From the opposite side of the creek bank she called her faithful companion over “Here Lady, come girl”. Dog in flight, over water, snap the shutter, got it! She entered that first photo in the 4-H Fair along with a photo of her little brother tinkering under the hood of the family car. Her interest and love for photography continued to grow from that moment on.
As a freshman in high school Letitia was offered a job with the local newspaper where she spent the next four years covering and photographing community events.
Her formal photography education began at Drury College in Springfield, Missouri and in January of 2000 she moved to Boston, Massachusetts to attend classes at the New England School of Photography.
In 2002 she left Boston for sunny California. Since moving west, her professional photographic experience includes working as a photo assistant, a Photoshop and Restoration artist for four different companies as well as running her own photography business. Working for one company she was involved in restoring four feature films. She is currently the Director at Distinctive Art Gallery and manages Reflections a digital lab on State Street in Santa Barbara and resides in the downtown area. Though her attention gets pulled in other directions her love and interest in photography remains her first and constant passion.
Letitia has recently been exploring abstract photography. Using a narrow depth of field and a precise focus point she isolates a subject from its environment often to the point of obscurity. The resulting images delicately glow with natural light creating a sumptuous feeling. Haynes’ ethereal images seem to float above the real world. They communicate a sense of escape, peace and serenity. She hopes her images push away the troubles and noise of the day so the viewer can relax into the image and enjoy how it coaxes your imagination and spirit in sublime mystery.
New England School of Photography, Boston, MA
Drury College, Springfield, MO Photography Classes
Lynda.com Online Software Training
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Light, Pixels Paper - "Angelic Nature" - Carpinteria Arts Center, Capinteria, CA, Juried by Henry Rasmussen - Received Juror's Honorable Mention Award - Dates May 28 - July 18, 2016
Click, Large scale Contemporary Photography Exhibit - Michael Kate Interiors & Art Galley, Santa Barbara, CA: December 11 2015-February 15, 2016
Embrace the Wonder, Featuring the works by F7 Photographics a collaborative exhibit, 9 works on display - Harris and Fredda Meisel Gallery of Art, Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, Santa Barbara, CA: May 1- August 28, 2015
Shadows, Views and Hues, "Dreams May Come No. 7400" - Carpinteria Arts Center, Juried by Ruth Ellen Hoag, Dates: March 1st-April 21st
Red Tango, "Sensual in Nature” – CASA Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, Dates: February 6-February 28
Holiday Group Show with the AAC, “Paper Play”, “Yellow Study No. 6272”, “Harmony Study No. 3593”, “Harmony Study No. 7445”, Santa Barbara College of Law, Juried by Rita Ferri – Dates: November 30, 2013-January 5, 2014
Encore: Angel, “From the Ashes” – 2nd Fridays Art at Santa Barbara Tennis Club, Juried by Anthony Askew – Dates: November 8-December 7
Captured, “Graceful Pose” - 2nd Fridays Art at Santa Barbara Tennis Club, Juried by Henry Rasmussen – Dates: October 11-November 2
"Angelic Nature" - Honorable Mention, Light, Pixels, Paper at Carpinteria Arts Center 2016
"Vroom-Vroom" - Winning Photographer in the Open/Misc. category, National Photo Awards, Annual 2006 Photo Contest
“Motocross 101” – Sixth Place Winner, National Photo Awards, March 2006
“Motocross 101” - Honorable Mention, Image Source, Ventura California, July 20-September 30 2005
“Half Pipe Skater” - Honorable Mention, The Art Center California State University Channel Island Campus, The Art of Movement July 10-August 21 2004
Santa Barbara Art Association since 2014
Michael Peloso Portrait – The Improper Bostonian, January 9-22, 2002
Vernon County Courthouse - Cover Photo for the Journal of the Missouri Bar Jan-Feb 1996
Paul R Gudonis Chairman & CEO of Genuity – Portraits published in The Executive Magazine Spring 2001
Ken Fitzpatrick CEO of Computer Associates – Portraits published in The Executive Magazine Spring 2001
Ari Sonesh CEO of CosmoCom – Portraits published in The Executive Magazine Spring 2001
Jeff Taylor CEO “Chief Monster” at Monster.com – Portraits published in the Executive Magazine Spring 2001
COMMERCIAL CLIENTS INCLUDE
The Executive Magazine
The Community Newspaper Company