And welcome to my photography blog.
I was given my first real camera on my thirtieth birthday (almost twenty years ago!) with instructions from my husband to read the manual and take lots of pictures. Part of that advice I think he may have later regretted given as it was still film back in those days. I started just with taking pictures of my children but my fascination with capturing details and special moments grew. As my ability improved so did opportunities to share my hobby with others and soon I was taking pictures for other people.
My family was young though and photography stayed a side hustle until one day I just set the camera down and walked away from it. Everyone likes a cheap photographer and everyone really loves a cheap photographer who has a certain amount of skill. I had never done photography for the money but suddenly I was way too busy, taking way too much time away from my family, with very little to show for it. So I quit. After picking up the camera daily for fifteen years I went months without even taking mine out of the bag. Things stayed that way for almost two years until I had the opportunity to do some work for my very talented friend AJ of Amy Jo Original Hats. The magic of looking through a viewfinder and creating an image bubbled inside me. One thing led to another and my husband and I were having serious conversations about whether I should get back into it and establish myself as a business. I knew I couldn’t do it like before though and that meant I needed to come to terms with not just enjoying taking pictures but charging fair value for the talent and skill I have worked to develop behind the camera.
What I have learned is that I really love taking pictures.
I love photographing multigenerational families and seeing what the love of two people has wrought in this world.
Getting that special moment between parents and a new baby delights my heart.
And, while I have only done about five of them, capturing all of the emotion and wonder of a birth takes my breath away every.single.time.
Seniors have a special place in my heart because they are at such a unique time in their lives…eager and a little nervous about what lies ahead for them as they close one chapter of life and move into another.
The list could go on and on of the people and things I love photographing. Did I mention working with other small business owners for professional portraits and product photography?
Or fine art florals? Food? Because I have a picture of a radish that will knock your socks off.
The tag line on my blog is, “Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is” and I believe if we have people to love and are loved, if we are able to create and share beauty in the normal everyday of life, then our reality is very rich indeed. So whether I am sharing pictures of moments special to someone or images that make you look at the common and ordinary, my desire is to cause you to see your life with a deeper appreciation for its beauty.
Because being behind the camera has shown me how rich the reality of my life is. I am looking forward to sharing that with you and possibly capturing those images that show you just how rich your reality is as well.