I have always enjoyed photography – even as a kid. I remember taking a point & shoot and trying to capture what was in my head. In junior high, I kept a camera in my backpack. In high school, I didn't go many places without a camera in my purse. During college, ha, I wish I had left my camera in the dorm room. Most of these pictures were thrown away because I did not know anything about photography and no one I knew could help me. When I was young, the internet was still just a dream for the middle class. Without the internet, there was no way to research and learn about photography. Sure, I had the library – but I had no clue what book would help me with what I was looking to do. I never lost hope, though. I just put that part of my creativeness on hold for a while.
When I had my son, I knew I wanted “good” pictures of him. A friend of mine suggested a photographer. I checked out some of her work. I liked it. I wanted to be able to do “that” with a camera! I also wanted to know more about the process. I did not know there were digital “big cameras”and did not have a clue about the term SLR (single-lens reflex). This sparked my interest, but I was a new mom which meant there was no time for that sort of hobby.
Within a span of a year and a half, four years after my son was born, I lost both my parents to cancer (I am a cancer research supporter all the way!). While putting together collages, I realized that we did not have many pictures of the family. We had pictures of Dad with me and my two sisters and Mom with the three of us, but not too many of all five of us. (And no, it still did not hit me.) It took about six months after getting my dSLR – when people started asking me to take pictures of them. That’s when it hit me…oh my God, I should do this for people! I realized that I wanted to help others by making special moments last. By giving them the chance to receive still framed memories.
Now, I have taken what I love to do, mixed in some education on the subject, and have become a professional. I love everything about photography. It's a true art. I have been schooled in color, design and graphics and use these lessons every day. I don't just show up and say "do this, do that - okay, SMILE!". We have FUN! If you aren't comfortable in the situation, no amount of editing will make the photographs any good. It's all about personality and telling stories. I hope that one day I can help tell yours through photographs.
I want to make a difference in someone’s life today, tomorrow, next year and all the years to come. When they pass their photo collection down to their grandchildren, I want people to be able to see what their family looked like, to see their personality and to love them even more for passing down these memorable heirlooms. It’s simple. I want to capture life in still frames.
Imagine. Life. Captured.
- AIU OnlineVisual Communication - Bachelor's Degree, 2009 - 2010
- AIU OnlineVisual Communication - Associate's Degree, 2008 - 2009