Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all"---Helen Keller

I became an amateur photographer at the beginning of my military career in the early 1980s. I wanted to document my life experiences and adventures, and to capture memories of special people, pets, events and places on film to share with family and friends. At the time, I wasn't considering the artistic or historic value of my photographs, but throughout the years, my photography has evolved into a more creative and fine art form. Besides my professional career as an Army military intelligence officer, I had a background in art and interest in design. As an artist, I dabbled in various types of media but found photography is my passion. I combine my eye for design with my photographic images.

I attended a Nikon School seminar in Washington, DC when digital technology was just emerging on the scene, and Nikon had just introduced its first line of digital cameras. My Nikon 2020 was reliable and I took it to extreme environments, subjecting it to high temperatures, dust, moisture and rough treatment in my Army duffle bag. I retired from the Army on August 1, 2003 with mixed emotions. The military was not just a career--it was my life for the past 22 years. It was challenging, exciting, stressful and a hard life, and I moved often, but I loved it and wouldn't trade the experience for anything in the world. I have always tried to live life to the fullest, taking nothing for granted, and the military gave me the opportunity to do so. With my eyes I have seen things and places few people will ever see. Thankfully, I usually had my camera with me so I can share and relive the moments through my photographs.

My husband and I owned and operated a successful bed and breakfast in Georgetown, South Carolina for five years. I did the photography and website for the business, and also continued to photograph the world around me. I participated in Nikon's Picturetown USA promotion of the Nikon D40 digital camera in Georgetown, SC. I was also in Nikon's national commercial. I also participated in the Nikon sponsored Mentor Series Trek in Charleston, SC, 8-11 November 2007. Three of my photographs were selected as the "Best of Charleston" from this trek.

I moved back to Northern Virginia in April 2010 and returned to work full time for the Federal Government. I am a charter member of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of the American Legion. I am also a volunteer at the historic Mount Vernon Estate in Virginia. My love of history and support for our military and veterans is often reflected in my photographs. I photograph military and veteran events Pro Bono. I recently produced my first video with my Nikon D800 as a class assignment entitled "Gone But Not Forgotten" as a tribute to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country during time of war.

My specialties include documentary, nature, landscapes, cityscapes, gardens, and architecture.  I graduated from George Washington University in 1980 with a BA in International Relations.  More recently,  I completed a Professional Photography Certification program at Boston University's Center for Digital and Imaging Arts at the Georgetown campus in Washington, DC to learn more about the business and technology of photography, and to refine and improve my photography skills. I am a member of the Capitol Hill Art League in Washington, DC.  I have exhibited work at local galleries and venues in the Washington,  DC area.  My goal is to become a well-known freelance fine art photographer with a commercial, lifestyle and editorial market. If you would like to know more about my photography or to request services, please email me at beachkomar@gmail.com.


"Looking for adventure in whatever comes my way"--Steppenwolf