Local Instagrammer is Always Ready to Capture Moments Like These

by | Jul 2019

A woman runs on the 9 Mile Creek Regional Trail near Walnut Ridge Park.

Photo: Mary Vandervelde

Local photographer Mary Vandervelde relies on her trusty iPhone 7 plus — like many other photographers now-a-days.

The beauty and stunning candidness is hard to beat in this 2018 Images of Edina award-winning photograph. And while this seems to be a stunningly candid shot, local photographer Mary Vandervelde was ready to capture the shot.

The photo, titled “The Path Ahead,” was submitted to our Images of Edina contest last year where it won first place in our “reader’s choice” category. Vandervelde captured the striking image on the 9 Mile Creek Regional Trail, near Walnut Ridge Park, before the park officially opened.

“We had been looking forward to the new path,” Vandervelde says, “And as my daughter was running down the path, I captured her free spirit.”

Though Vandervelde may not consider herself a professional photographer, she considers herself an avid “Instagrammer,” so her camera is always ready for opportunities to capture the moment. As for her quality camera? She relies on her trusty iPhone 7 plus — like many other photographers now-a-days.

“[I] really love the creative outlet,” Vandervelde says.

“I was actually inspired by Edina Magazine; I’m constantly amazed at the imagination of people who post pictures on Instagram.”

Her favorite shots to capture are of nature, still life, flat lays and of their pup, Daisy. But, when Vandervelde isn’t exploring with her camera, she enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with friends.

“Since [the picture], we have enjoyed many walks and bike rides on the path,” Vandervelde says.


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