As a native of Grayling, Nancy L. (Kolka) Hatfield grew up surrounded by the beauty of Northern Michigan. Nancy’s interest in photography began when she was a child along with her love and appreciation of nature. After graduating from Grayling High School, Nancy married her high school sweetheart, Jim Hatfield, and started a family. They and their two children enjoyed camping, fishing and snowshoeing together taking advantage of the local area. While earning her two associate degrees at Kirtland Community College, Nancy studied photography and computer software and business.
During the past several years, Nancy has enjoyed sharing her passion of photography and knowledge of digital cameras while teaching Digital Photography for Crawford AuSable School District Community Education’s Adult Enrichment Program and AuSable Artisan Village. Along with learning the basics of photography and exploring the settings on their camera, students in Nancy’s class can expect to experience the out-of-doors on class field trips.
While hiking, snowshoeing and 4-wheeling with her husband Jim, Nancy takes every opportunity to capture the beauty in nature with her photography. Nancy’s photos have received Honorable Mention in photo competitions of the Grayling Photographic Society. Her photos have appeared in local publications such as “The Marketplace” and “Gaylord Herald Times”. Living near Lake Margrethe offers Nancy the chance to photograph sun sets over the lake as well as wildlife in the woods around their home. Nancy‘s pictures represent, local scenery, flora and fauna — many times with a unique twist. To give those captured moments a finishing touch, Nancy enjoys matting and framing her photographs.
“I try to capture the beauty that is Northern Michigan to share with others and I am always looking for that unique shot-not just taking a picture of a deer in the woods, but preserving a moment of a doe nursing her fawn.”
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