Man from the south meets woman from the north. At the time they met, he was teaching a photography class and she was a student. Sounds like a classic love story about to begin, does it not?
But, alas it wasn’t love at first sight, as some might wish the story to unfold. It wasn’t even “like” at first sight, but rather the beginning of a friendship with a shared passion and respect for photography.
After a courtship of just under two years that included more photography workshops, travel together cross country, hours of shooting side by side, continued learning of their craft, and shared spiritual growth, this couple became husband and wife. Janet Harter Garrity and Les Saucier were married on July 29, 2017 in the Adirondack Mountains at Big Moose Chapel, on Big Moose Road, on Big Moose Lake, in Big Moose, NY. Their’s is a union that declares love for God, His creation, each other, photography and the mountains. Not a classic, but still a pretty good story.
For almost forty years, Les has taught workshops across the country in places such as the Adirondack Mountains, the Oregon Coast, Zion National Park, and of course, the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains. Les was schooled in biology, earning a Masters in field biology before going to work for the USDA’s department of Agricultural Research Services. It was through his work researching insects for their positive impact on crop growth that Les discovered he was good at and really enjoyed macro photography. When digital photography took hold, Les embraced the technology, learned rapidly, expanded his subject matter, and found that photography was his true passion. He also discovered he had a strong desire to teach.
Les moved to the mountains of Western North Carolina about 25 years ago, eventually settling in Brevard, which is like living in a nature photographer’s paradise. Thus, Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway have become Saucier Photography’s backyard.
Born and raised in Upstate New York, Janet has had a camera in her hand since she was eight-years-old. Her connection to the Adirondack Mountains was created via her family’s camp there, purchased by her grandfather in 1939. Before moving to Beaufort, SC, in 2008, Janet had a long-time career in advertising and marketing. When she moved south, her passion for photography was rekindled.
Janet became a professional photographer and author in 2012 with the publishing of her book “Goin Down the River, Fish Camps of the Sea Islands.” Her photographs have also been published in the books “South” and “Charleston Salt & Iron,” both by Wendy Nilsen Pollitzer, and “The Beauty of Beaufort” by Ryan Copeland.
Wanting to continue to grow as a professional photographer after “Goin’ Down the River” was published, Janet signed up for workshops, studied and adapted to digital technology, and traveled for inspiration and practice of her art. After meeting Les at one of his workshops and hearing him talk about the “art of seeing,” Janet discovered a new way of seeing the world through her camera’s lens, with her heart.
Janet and Les have joined together as Saucier Photography to create and inspire photography with exactly that, heart. As a team, they teach workshops and lead photo tours, as Les has done for over thirty years, expanding the subject matter and the locations to reach out to more people who want to learn photography with heart.
Photo by Chuck Dunn
Photo above & top of page by Mary Presson Roberts
Our Cameras, Gear & Accessories
Fujifilm X-T3 with battery grip (Janet & Les)
Fujifilm X-T2 with battery grip as backup (Janet & Les)
Fujifilm XF 16mm (Les)
Fujifilm XF 80mm macro (Janet & Les)
Fujifilm XF 10-24mm (Janet & Les)
Fujifilm XF 16-55mm (Les)
Fujifilm XF 16-80mm (Janet)
Fujifilm XF 18-55mm (Janet & Les)
Fujifilm XF 50-140mm (Janet & Les)
Fujifilm XF 55-200mm (Janet & Les)
Fujifilm XF 100-400mm (Janet & Les)
Fujifilm 1.4 Teleconverter (Janet & Les)
Accessories we can’t live without:
Feisol Tournament CT-3442 with Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ballhead, plus Feisol Long Center Column CT-3442 CC Kit (Janet)
Feisol Tournament CT-3342 with Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ballhead, plus Feisol Short Center Column CC-2809 (Les)
Feisol CT-3441S with Really Right Stuff BH-30 Ballhead (travel & backup tripod)
Really Right Stuff Nodal Rail MPR-192 with FAS-Clamp (Les)
Hejnar Photo Macro Rail E030-60F61B (Janet)
Marumi Exus polarizers, Breakthrough Photography neutral density filters and Think Tank & Mind Shift camera bags (Janet & Les)
Cecilia Wrist Straps (Janet & Les)
Apple MacBook Pros, Apple I-Macs, and Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop (Janet & Les)