Alice Hawks & Mettina van der Veen

Alice Hawks Photography & Mettina van der Veen Photography will be sharing a booth at the 2017 Moss Rock Festival
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Alice Hawks
Atlanta, GA

Arching Sunrise

In the words of Alice Hawks:
I am an observer in life. The wonders of nature are fascinating to me; the canvas of colors as the sun rises or sets, the wind gently swaying the limbs of the tree creating a shadow dance, the movement of flowers, insects, birds and landscapes, and the stature of clouds. I enjoy “seeing” and taking the time to capture through photography what I find interesting and beautiful in the world that surrounds us, from grand landscapes to minute details.

Alice Hawks is a native of Southwestern Michigan, but has lived from east coast to west coast during her twenty plus years in Corporate America.  After years of restlessness in her soul, she left corporate life and moved overseas to find a different life path.
In what she calls her “second chapter”, her focus has been on photography and she particularly enjoys landscape and wildlife photography. Her photographs have been included in several exhibitions from Michigan to Georgia: ArtPrize – an international art competition, WOMEN-An Exhibit, Southeastern Horticultural Society Photography Show, Images of Nature Exhibit, Images of Inman Charity Photography Show, Big Canoe Photography Exhibition, Annual Decatur Digital Photography Meetup Exhibition, and first place winner, 2013 Decatur Cemetery Photo Contest.Ms. Hawks is the author of the book “Slow Death by Corporate Life: A Journey to Breaking Free” ( and currently resides in the Atlanta, GA area.

Mettina van der Veen




In the words of Mettina van der Veen:
I grew up in Holland (the Netherlands) where I received a BA in Social Youth Work, Special Ed. I had the opportunity to do an internship in the USA, which was a life-changing event. The culture shock, the incredible experiences…. It all made me dream of travelling and exploring the world… and I have done and continue to do just that!

My zest for life has brought me to many places, has given me a wealth of adventures and experiences and I have met so many people from all walks of life. It all has enriched my life in ways words can not describe. I love capturing these special moments, the people and places, and freeze them in time, like a special memory.

I started taking snapshots as a kid with an AGFA CLICK II, a very simple plastic camera with one shutter speed… CLICK and it took a picture! Now I use a CANON EOS 6D or my older CANON REBEL T4i. It certainly takes a lot more than just a CLICK to create a photograph!:)

My challenge in photography is to capture emotions in every picture, whether it is the story of an event that I am shooting, the emotions of the people in the picture or the emotions the scenery provoke. I am drawn to photographing the night-sky and big landscapes, but always with my goal to provoke a story in my photography!

I have been very fortunate to combine my three passions; life, travel and photography and turn them into a way of life and my business!

I am a photographer, as well as a Certified International Tour Manager and Certified Tour Guide and the owner of Go Atlanta and Beyond, LLC (, a small tour company offering a different kind of travel and adventure with the photography enthusiast and their non-photography travel companion in mind. Check it out!