Hi guys! I'm so glad you're here....I hope you've had a chance to look around a bit. Since you are here, you probably want to know a little bit more about me.
I am a lover of photography since the age of 9. My uncle had an old Olympus film camera that he used to capture landscape sunsets and photographs of his beloved horses. I was mesmerized by his hobby and watched him with filters and lenses and waited for the mail to see what the pictures actually looked like. I remember learning how to load the film, learning how to manually focus and hearing the click as the shutter snapped. I was hooked.
That seems so long ago but when I think back to when my interest in photography started, it really was that first encounter. My first camera was a 110 film camera--pink even (LeClic, remember that name?) --and I took hundreds of photographs with it. I eventually used a 35 mm....moving up! I always made albums out of my photos, too. If anyone has ever needed an old photo of something, they usually call or email me and I can usually get it back to them in a couple hours. I know, I should have better things to do.
I took a photography class in college but it was still film camera photography. I definitely loved taking pictures and making art out of my photographs but my "career" didn't really take off until after I met my husband....and we had our first child.
I am the typical mother that has thousands of pictures of the firstborn. But I never really slowed down when life got busier with each child thereafter. I just brought my camera everywhere with me. My kids have grown up with me usually having a camera nearby. They don't now, but I know that they will someday cherish the photographs that I have taken through the years, the photo albums I have put together and the video I have collected and turned into movies. Some say I'm "living in the past" when I reminisce with old photos. But my thought is you have to know where you've been in order to get where you're goin' and photographs give me that.
That's why I love photography. But now let me tell you HOW I got here.
I've been a stay-at-home mom for several years. We have four awesome kids and one angel in Heaven, whom I named this business after. We have worked hard raising these children and keeping the household running smoothly, but it was time for me to a) earn some money but b) I wanted it to be something I enjoyed. My degree was in sports management and though I found my niche there 20 years ago, I needed to try a different path. I love taking pictures of kids. I love taking pictures of families and babies. Once I believed that my passion for photography was capable of being a source of income, I started to run with it. If I could turn something I absolutely love doing into money for my family, I am not only incredibly blessed, but I am also proud of myself and my work, happy and joyful to be around (for my kids), and that's what I needed. This was fulfilling to me.
I met someone who would teach me everything she knew about the business and art of family photography. I'm so blessed to know Stacey and love the friendship we have. And I have learned so much! I take my camera every where I go and I am constantly applying my new knowledge and getting better and better. I shoot in natural light because it enhances the colors of my shoots in a special way . My goal is to give my clients images that they fall in love with and hearing clients say that is soooo rewarding.
When I'm not taking pictures or working on my business, I'm probably running my kids to places. They are the most important thing in my life, next to my husband, and I love being home with them. In the rare chance I don't have that to do, I enjoy DIY projects (short ones...ones I'll actually finish), compiling family photo albums, exercising or catching up with my husband. A lot goes on day-to-day in our house that and communicating about it all is critical.
So if you like what you've seen, I'd love to hear from you! Give me a call or drop me a line.... I would be honored to take some photographs that you'll fall in love with!