Paula Guttilla







Paula Guttilla

Paula Guttilla

Utica, IL


I look forward with enthusiasm to the adventures of the day. ~~~louise hay~~~

“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.” - Henry David Thoreau

My passion for photography started when I received my first camera at the age of 10, a Kodak Brownie. The wonderful photos in the Life Magazines that came weekly to my home also inspired me. Now whenever I have a break in my busy life, I am either reading, studying, collecting or playing with photography. I was born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts and attended the University of Denver in Colorado. I met my husband Tom backpacking in Europe in 1972. I have worked for Jay Baxter CPA for 25 yrs as an Accountant and an Enrolled Agent. I reside in Utica, IL and have two grown children and two grandchildren.

Awards and Accolades

1.Smithsonian Magazine 4th Annual Photo Contest, one of ten
Altered Images Finalists: Dancing Tree: March 31, 2007.
2. Illinois Bureau of Tourism, An Eye for Illinois Winter Photo Contest
Honorable Mention: House Finch in Utica: April 30, 2007
3. Illinois Bureau of Tourism, An Eye for Illinois Spring/Summer Photo
Contest. Honorable Mention: Sunflowers Route 6, LaSalle: October,
4. Illinois Bureau of Tourism, An Eye for Illinois Fall Photo Contest
Second Place: River Bluff Trail, Buffalo Rock State Park
Honorable Mention: Matthiessen Lake Falls: Feb. 19, 2008
5. Illinois Bureau of Tourism, An Eye for Illinois Winter Photo Contest
Honorable Mention: Illinois River at Sunset: May 31, 2008
6. Vintage Illinois 2008 Featured wine lablel : Bald Eagle photo .
7. The Nature Conservancy on line. Nature Photo of the Week:
Great Sand Dunes National Park . July 31st, 2009
8. (online Boston Globe) National Parks Photo
contest winners (1 of 30) Great Sand Dunes National Park: Sept. 16, 2009
9. Smithsonian Channel: (2010 in production) 1/2 hr episode for the Smithsonian Spotlight
series featuring the Smithsonian Magazine photo contest. Dancing Tree Altered and Original.
10. Getty Images Contributor. Oct 2010

Photography gives me the opportunity by capturing light, space and time to share through my eyes the joy, splendor and truth of life.
-I find my inspiration from nature. I love subjects that signify beauty and harmony and those usually include landscapes, sunsets, animals, flowers, birds, water reflections, butterflies and trees. I look for compositions where the interplay between light, form, color and subject inspire my heart. I am successful if the final result gives me the same reaction I felt when I took the photo.

My Current Cameras:
Canon Digital EOS 30D 8.2 Mega pixel SLR
Olympus Camedia Digital c-4040zoom 4.1 megapixel F1.8 zoom lens!/pages/Paula-Guttilla-Hatchet-Canyon-Photography/108586302528546?v=wall

Marcus Aurelius "When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breath, to think, to enjoy, to love."


Soaring into the Blue by Paula Guttilla


Winter Solace by Paula Guttilla


Tree Eagles on Ice by Paula Guttilla


Autumn Comes To Illinois Canyon by Paula Guttilla


Illinois Canyon In Spring Starved Rock State Park by Paula Guttilla


Snowy Owl by Paula Guttilla


Female Snowy Owl by Paula Guttilla


Bow Lake by Paula Guttilla


Snow Storm at Starved Rock by Paula Guttilla


Grey Wolf by Paula Guttilla


Dancing Tree Altered by Paula Guttilla


Our Shining Star by Paula Guttilla


Illinois Canyon May 2014 by Paula Guttilla