Alvarado photographer Margaret Jackson was recently distinguished with a featured article in the Texas Professional Photographer, the monthly publication of the Texas Professional Photographer’s Association.

Her award-winning photo, “Satin and Boots,” graces the June cover. The photograph won a merit at this year’s Professional Photographers Association’s national competition.

The article reveals Jackson’s journey into the world of professional photography, which began more than 25 years ago, when she walked into a local camera store to buy a new camera. Motivated by a salesman’s challenge, who advised that a professional camera would be much too difficult for her to master, Jackson said she was determined to buy a camera and embark on a fulfilling career. She has since been able to “succeed as one of the most impressive portrait photographers in Texas,” the article said.

Jackson has won numerous awards, including a collective 124 merits during her career to date. Four of her portraits have made the prestigious Loan Collection, with two of them on exhibition at Epcott in Florida for several months. In addition, she has had a number of photos published in the PPA Showbook, a collection of the year’s best professional photography. She has earned her master of photography degree as well as her craftsman degree.

Jackson practices her photographic artistry at her country studio, which rests on five acres in Alvarado.  The property has many props, which are used to create her award-winning portraits, including a century-old cabin nestled among oak and cedar trees, rail fencing, a waterfall and an old rustic dodge pick-up truck, which is a favorite for many of her clients.

“I believe people still need an artist with a vision – to help them capture the special portrait they are looking for,” Jackson said. “Timeless photography is a work of art and it takes even more than vision to create a timeless work, it takes a lot of heart.”

For more information or to view Jackson’s gallery of photos, visit her Web site at www.photographybymargaret.com.