African Safari Inspires Newfound Passion for Photography

The Fountains at Sea Bluffs recently welcomed a guest speaker named Kay Kochenderfer to give an informative lecture about photography and how she stumbled upon her newfound passion. Kay’s mother, Lee Ann, is a resident at Sea Bluffs and was proud to introduce her daughter to eager listeners.

Kay practiced practiced law for nearly three decades at a high-profile law firm, handling multi-billion dollar cases in the antitrust, securities and complex business case area. Her many accomplishments include being named four times as one of California’s Top Women Litigators by the California Daily Journal and eight times as one of Southern California’s “Super-Lawyers” by Los Angeles Magazine. She was also named a Fellow in the Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, Litigation Counsel of America. She describes her career in law as being exciting but stressful, which is why she is grateful to have found a passion for photography.

It all started with a trip she did not want to take – a safari to Africa in 2010. As a way to make the trip more enticing for Kay, her husband purchased her a “fancy” new camera. Although neither knew much about cameras, they were fortunate to have a salesperson recommended getting a telephoto lens which made all the difference. During their first safari, she captured a close-up, vivid photo of a gorgeous leopard perched in tree against a blue sky. For Kay, that was it – she was hooked forevermore. Since then, Kay has zealously studied and practiced photography. We are grateful to have Kay share her passion for photography, and hope that her story inspires our residents to try something new as well!


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