Mary Presson Roberts Photography

Sand Stories

“To see a World in a grain of sand,

And a Heaven in a wild flower,

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,

And Eternity in an hour.”

― William Blake

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to spend time at the beach with wonderful friends.  While at the beach,

there were two mornings that I was able to explore during sunrise with my camera. I made my way to the beach about half an hour before the sun rose, experienced and photographed the sunrise, and looked for other things that captured my attention.

On my second morning, after witnessing the sunrise, I was intrigued by the early morning light as it illuminated the undulations in the sand.

For the remainder of that morning outing, I focused on the sand and the stories told by the patterns bathed in the early morning light.

I thoroughly enjoyed beginning my day thinking of these recent sand stories, knowing that each morning, a new story was written for passersby to notice (or not).  I am grateful that having a camera in my hand allows me to notice the beauty that I am surrounded by daily.


I have a passion for both teaching and photography.  I would love the opportunity to share this passion with you through one of my upcoming learning experiences.  Below, please find some of my offerings:

Meet Your Muse in Raleigh co-teaching with Jamie Konarski Davidson, In Person, July 2024

Guided Book Study for Photographers, Online, July – October 2024

Creative Compositing Workshop, Online, August 2024

Personal Projects Workshop, Online, October 2024

Creative Zoo Photography Workshop, Online and In Person, October and November 2024

Make Magic Using Digital Processing Tools, Online

Mentorship, Online, In Person, or a combination depending upon your location

Private Instruction, Online or In Person depending upon your location



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Mary Presson Roberts

I am a travel and fine art photographer living and working in the Carolinas. My camera has taken me to places I never would have experienced and to people I never would have met. Photography has truly changed my life! Using my blog, I hope to share the joys of both travel and photography.

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