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.
But I also feel called to photograph newborns and pregnant mamas. After my first newborn session I was completely hooked and knew this was a path I had to take. Capturing the precious gift of new life, is an honor and oh. so. enjoyable. The entire pregnancy/birth/newborn journey is incredibly intriguing to me and one I am so thankful to have experienced. And I think that because I cherish the miracle that is new life, I am even more drawn toward preserving it for others.
I love taking photos, but more than that I love capturing life as art.