My Photography

Like most photographers, I was rarely without a camera in my adolescent and teen years.  Rolls and rolls of film would be developed at a time and albums quickly filled up with memories frozen by paper and ink.

When I got married I began giving my photos a new home in the form of scrapbooking.  And my desire to document life began its lift off.  I believe I have 10 scrapbooks covering the first 2 years of marriage – most pages containing images of the details of our everyday.  The foods we ate, the places we went, the home we lived in, the people we met and shared time with… plus, the thoughts we had with all of those experiences.  I learned to use an SLR and loved the feel of it in my hands, the sound of its click, and the sharpness of its images.  I LOVED the anticipation of getting back a developed roll of film… it was like Christmas every other week!

But it wasn’t until we had our first child, and purchased our first digital camera, that I realized the importance of photographs.  Digital photography took me to another level with my love of photography and scrapbooking.  It was so quick and the reward instantaneous!  My desire to document and remember moments and events fueled my two hobbies… fast forward 3 years when I learned about the capabilities of the DSLR cameras and receiving one of those (the Canon Digital Rebel XS) for Christmas squeaked open a door that I really hadn’t been aware was there…

A year and a half later, my third son, Kaden was born.   He was born prematurely, at 34 weeks, and was confined to the NICU for 18 days.  A life altering event, in and of itself, that ironically kicked open the door to my current passion for photography.  Let me explain… in the NICU, there was NO flash photography.  I knew it was possible to take photos with my camera in low light situations, without a flash, and had to learn how quickly.  In the wee hours of the night I began studying how to make that possible, in order to take photos of Kaden’s first days.  ISO, aperture, shutter speed, exposure, metering, white balance… all new terms that flooded my brain and showed me what an amazing world of photography there was to be discovered.

I absorbed as much as I possibly could – joined forums, read books, took online workshops and courses… and practiced.  All the time.  Thank goodness, again, for digital photography or those 200+ photos a day wouldn’t have happened!

And now, my desire to document is more alive than ever.  Now that I see that not only can I capture the moments as they unfold, but I can tell even more about the story through my focus, my angle, my viewpoint, my depth of field, and my processing.

My boys are my favorite subjects… I adore peeking into their life with my camera and lens and telling their stories.  Seeing their silly faces and habits, and showing the unique interests and characteristics that make them my boys.  That is much of what this blog is about.

I now serve as a Mentor on Clickin Moms, which for the last 3 years has been  the main source of my photography education … an online home I recommend to anyone who longs to learn and be supported in their photography journey.  I am honored to be a CMPro, and to be a teaching assistant to many fabulous workshops offered on Clickin Moms.  In addition, I was beyond fortunate to be given the opportunity to write a Break-out Session completely devoted to how I capture our everyday, how I analyze light, how I organize and process my images… and so much more!  Please check it out HERE.  🙂

I love taking photos, but more than that I love capturing life as art.   And I really love being able to share all of that on this blog!  

  • Laurelanna M. - I just recently found your website through Pinterest. After looking through some of your website I read your page “My Photography”. Not only have I learned that your photography is beautiful and amazing but that you have instantly become an inspiration and encouragement to me! I love how you basically taught yourself everything and how far you have gotten yourself.
    The fact that you use natural light is one thing that has drawn me to your photos.
    I too have a passion for natural light photography and telling stories through my photos! I also enjoy showing our everyday world through a different perspective; a perspective that others may not see. And as I am starting out teaching myself photography I will remember your story and how you came to be!! I’m so glad to have found your website!
    Beautiful work and I wish you the best!!ReplyCancel

    • Lacey - Thank you so much, Laurelanna! I’m so touched by your kind words!ReplyCancel

  • Erin Hodnett - You are phenomenal! Just so you know 🙂

    I’m also inspired by you and your work! I’ve only done one newborn shoot and it was SO hard! So I admire you for making that your main focus!
    I also love that you use natural light. What camera and lens do you use? (out of curiosity)
    Feel free to check out my work on Facebook, and I look forward to following you and seeing all the awesome goodies you put up!ReplyCancel

    • Lacey - Hi Erin! Thank you very much! I shoot with a Nikon D700 and the 50 1.4G and 105 2.8 Macro for my newborn sessions. 🙂 I really appreciate your compliments … your so kind!ReplyCancel

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