How it started.....
My love of photography began early on in life. I always enjoyed looking through old photo albums and wanted to take my own pictures. I remember going to school in elementary school on career day with my little camera around my neck and t-shirt from a trip to the zoo. I was convinced I was going to be a wildlife photographer and travel to Africa and go on safari and capture images of the lions and cheetahs. I really didn’t care about the other animals….just the big cats. I watched a lot of National Geographic…..
When I was in high school, I took my first photography class and I loved the process of developing my own film and images in the darkroom. I can still remember the smell of the chemicals. The excitement of watching as I placed the paper into the developing mixture and seeing the image begin to appear. I really miss that process. Digital photography is great and has so many benefits, but I will always miss the process in the darkroom.
I took my camera everywhere with me and took pictures at a wedding for the first time my senior year of high school. When it was time to apply for college, I decided to trash my original plan and I applied to be a photography major. As a freshman you are required to take black and white photography, you don’t get into color processing until your second year. However, digital photography was starting to take off and they decided to stop offering color development and changed to digital imagery courses.
During my college years I suckered my friends into letting me take their pictures all the time for my projects. A friend at my part-time job asked me to photograph her wedding. This was the first time I had been asked to take images for someone outside of my family. From there she asked me to do her maternity photos and gave my information to her friends and family. Before I knew it I had people contacting me to take pictures for them for a variety of reasons.
I ended up going in a different direction with my career after college and didn’t pursue photography full-time. However, my passion for photography continued and over the years I have photographed weddings, families, seniors, and events for others. I have loved the opportunity to work with so many people and help them capture special moments.