Pegram artist Susan Boyte is stepping out to gain exposure for her photography by displaying her works at the Kingston Springs Artisans and Farmers Market.

“I’ve been fascinated with photography and cameras all my life,” Boyte said. “I was the one at the ball field taking pictures when the kids were growing up.”

She said that she started upgrading her equipment about eight years ago and started to explore the art of photography.

“My fascination is with nature, animals, sunsets, rivers and lakes — anything outside,” she said. “I don’t know why I’m drawn to the outdoors, but I just love it.”

She said she’s thinking about doing a calendar with her photos.

“This is my hobby, and I love it so I decided to take the next step,” she said. “If I can make somebody else happy with my pictures, then that’s all I need.”

Boyte said that she could have signed up as a vendor for the whole summer, but she decided to sign up for just one Saturday. She will display a collection of cards that feature her photos, as well as framed photos of various sizes.

“The cards will be five dollars each and the framed prints with vary depending on the size of the frame, from five by seven to 16 by 20,” she said, adding that the larger pieces vary in price from $15 to $45.

Boyte said she is also often surprised by the way a photo turns out.

“I have one that I didn’t realize was going to turn out the way it did,” she said, holding up a photo of a deer at close range leaping over a fence.

Many of Boyte’s photos feature scenes from Cades Cove in Gatlinburg, a place she and her family like to visit. She’s also framed and focused a number of locations along Highway 49 from Ashland City to Pleasant View, as well as shots taken in South Cheatham that include the railroad tracks in Kingston Springs along with other natural settings.

“There are so many amazing places in this county,” the Cheatham County Central High School graduate said. “We like to get out on the weekends and just drive.”

She also likes taking photos along the Harpeth River and Cumberland River, and also sites around McCrory Lane and South Harpeth.

“My motto is never leave home without your camera,” she said. “I did one time, and I missed the biggest bug I’ve ever seen in my life. I’m still sick about it.”

She and her husband — who is related to retired CCCHS English teacher Brenda Boyte — have a blended family of four children.

“I also take pictures of family,” she said.

She said she was excited about the opportunity to display her works at the farmers market, but she did have one concern.

“I’m just hoping that it doesn’t rain,” she said.

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