Photography, a Common Passion
Two photographers, Theresa Mullins Low and Robin Stevens, are standouts in LASERS recent “Navigation” photography competition. They rank as the top two in terms of most photographs selected for our publications. Both LASERS members have a true passion for photography and have worked for the state of Louisiana more than 30 years.
Theresa Mullins Low
Retired, Program Coordinator
Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)
Theresa Mullins Low is currently a professional photographer, but she retired from the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in 2011 with a total of 36 years with the state. At retirement, she was a program coordinator in the Planning section in the Office of Family Support with DCFS.
“For me, being a state employee was the best career decision I made, after having worked in private sector for a few years. It meant promise, benefits, and a stable career. The opportunities for advancement were endless,” said Low. She was passionate and dedicated to her career in social services because it was making a difference by improving people’s lives.
That same passion is evident in Low’s photography. She began as a photographer 10 years ago by traveling the world and capturing images. Her travel photography expanded to include weddings and families. Low has won numerous awards within several photography organizations and currently writes a published article, Picture Perfect, for local magazines. She is also past President of the Louisiana Photographic Society and teaches beginner photographers.
Low said, “I have a portrait style photography which means I focus on the subject that I want the viewer to notice, eliminating distracting objects, and then enhancing in post processing so that the viewer may see the scene as I saw it through my eyes.”
ORS Technical Specialist
Louisiana Workforce Commission
Robin Stevens is a 30-year state employee, currently employed as an ORS Technical Specialist with the Louisiana Workforce Commission. She recently enrolled in the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP). In describing her experience with state employment, Stevens said, “I’m grateful that I chose to work for the state, as I have met some incredible people, who I consider close friends.”
During her travels, she discovered a love for the northeast and has plans to relocate there after completing DROP. Stevens will continue her photography business there by designing and selling landscapes.
Stevens’ interest in photography goes back to middle school. Over the years, she expanded her skills through numerous conventions, personal research, and training workshops throughout the United States. She received the Photographer of the Year award by the Louisiana Photographic Society in color prints.
Stevens says of her work, “I love nature and the endless beauty of it. I am always looking for a landscape scene which is calming and inviting, where a person just steps through the photograph to experience each place.”
LASERS has the privilege of publishing the beautiful images of both photographers. You may view their work throughout LASERS current and future publications.