My love of photography dates back to my childhood. My father was a small town wedding photographer and I spent most of my weekends watching him pack rolls of film and massive sized cameras getting ready for each brides big day. I can remember peeking into his studio and peering at the beautiful brides who were all dolled up for their bridal portrait shoots. My eyes lite up as they might as well have been a Disney princess! To make a little extra cash, my dad loved to have me organize the negatives and proofs in albums for the brides. That took an insane amount of time! He would develop film in our dark room (aka laundry room). It was such a delicate process…again another reason that I am thankful for digital!
I never really thought about becoming a photographer until God granted me with my first little angel seven years ago. I COULD NOT STOP taking pictures of him! I wanted to document every time he opened and closed his eyes! My friend suggested that I hire a photographer to take his newborn pictures after we returned home from the hospital. Till this day I cannot believe I didn’t have this done way before my due date! It worked out that she knew of someone who was starting her business and we wound up being her first client! We used her every 3 months to document our little fellows first year. I cherished those pictures and the urge hit me that I should really start learning how to use that fancy camera my hubby at bought for me years ago!
To make a long story short, I took a few classes, had two more babies, and after my last child turned 2, I decided it was high time that I become serious about my photography journey. I mean how could I not follow this passion that I get such an incredible amount of joy from? I was excited and nervous all at the same time. I was truly venturing into “unsafe territory” and no one but God would know the outcome! I started taking pictures for friends, scheduled mentoring with the fabulous Brittany Lauren, and took a workshop to really hone in on the skills I needed to become a successful photographer. Everything about this business was unchartered territory for me. Not only did I really need to master my camera settings, I also had to learn about lighting, editing, pixels, posing/unposing, blogging, and the list goes on and on. There have been many tears shed. Many times where I wanted to throw in the towel and just go back to life before photography. I told my extremely supportive husband several times that “I’m just too old for this career! I missed the technology boom by a couple of years and I cannot catch up!” (A side note to show my age…I went to college with an electric typewriter. We were forced to open an email address and check it on computers at the campus library during my last year!) Thankfully, my husband talked me out of throwing in the towel and pushed me to do whatever it takes to learn and grow my business. I still have so much to conquer when it comes to photography and I know the journey will be long. But like Garth Brooks says…life is all about “The Dance!”
I am truly blessed by those who are around me, showing me support on a daily basis. To my family who sees me glued to my computer screen more hours than less – Thank you for pushing me to conquer my dreams even though it means Mommy’s time is less these days. To my friends-Many of you saw talent when I did not see it myself. Thank you for encouraging me to go for it and for trusting me with documenting your sweet families and being patient while I fiddled with my camera at your shoots! To the fabulous Chelsea Mowery – Thank you for teaching this old dog SEVERAL new tricks! To be encouraged by another photographer is so uplifting and you have helped me really develop my “style” and put my work of art into a website. It’s amazing that you’ve stuck with me seeing how I didn’t know what a widget was!
I know we all need a few good pictures of our families posed and smiling for the camera. But, photography is so much more than that. It’s documenting love, sadness, joy, hope, childhood, pouting, boo boos, etc…and putting them into timeless pieces of art for your walls. My favorite moments are the in-between. I want my photography to be REAL, NATURAL, AND TO CAPTURE THE UNEXPECTED.
Meet my amazing, beautiful, energetic, full force family….