Fasten your seat belts ladies and gentlemen! This one is going to be a doozy! But I hope it helps you to truly understand who I am - the real and raw me - and how I came to become a professional photographer. So if you're ready to cry and laugh a little...read on. If not, go to my other pages and enjoy the galleries and while you're at it, send me a message and tell me about YOU! I'd love to hear from you!
In 2010, I was diagnosed with an illness that, according to doctors, would not allow me the ability to have kids ("at my age") and might eventually lead to death. I was 34 at the time and you can imagine the devastation that news brought to me. My grief took the best of me - for a moment! If you know me at all, you know that I don't take "doom" for an answer and I am a fighter. I wasn't going to let everything be taken away from me. Nope! Not happening.
One thing I realized was that I didn't know how to enjoy life to the fullest. So, I decided to do something different and get out of my comfort zone.
The first thing I did was a dream come true - I started traveling the world. Yes, the world! I've been to Iceland, India, Thailand, Costa Rica, Singapore, Spain, France, Italy, Amsterdam, and Belgium to name a few. It's an amazing feeling to have seen the Taj Mahal with my brother!
Then, a friend at the time, mentioned painting to help clear my mind and help me relax. I remember thinking to myself that this would be the start of the jokes on how I couldn't even draw a straight line! But who knew? I could actually draw that straight line and paint! Not only was it a great stress relief for me, but I was able do something else that I never knew possible. I was a very analytical thinker and never dreamed that I had a creative bone in my body. But I did! Wow! Now this was cool.
Then that made me think about trying my hand at an art that I've always loved - photography. I wanted to test my skills at it and see if my creative mojo was a fluke! And wouldn't you know it? It wasn't a fluke at all! I fell in love with it from the very first, out of focus Christmas photo I took with my niece! LOL!
I started gaining so much knowledge in photography with every class and lesson I took and I was in a great space in my life creatively. I decided to take this hobby to another level. I wanted to turn this passion into a business.
Starting the business, I realized that there are a lot of photographers but I wanted to stand out from all rest. How could I be different in a market where so many are the same? What is different about me that would make me stand out and be unique? How can I show my genuine love for this craft?
That's when it hit me.....
What's your story and how do you tell it?
We've all got a story to tell. Many of us have wonderful, amazing stories and we also have sad tales to tell. Our stories are told to our families, our friends, as encouragement and testament to others, etc. However, they only last a short time - as long as our memories can hold them.
You know how they say "a picture is worth a thousand words"? How long do you think your story would last if you had a picture? Our memories will eventually fade, but those pictures can continue to tell a story for generations to come. Do you have your story in print? Do you have your family's story in print? What's holding you back?
Maybe you don't know where to start. Maybe the thought of photography becomes a chore just to find the right photographer and figure out how you want your photos to be taken.
Let me help you with that. I can help you tell your story. I can help tell your family's story.
I love to hear how couples met, when they knew each other was "the one", how their wedding was planned and decorated, into the first child then grandkids and then great-grandkids.
I love to hear those stories about families who were finally able to buy that house and now have a home filled with laughter and love.
Children's stages and how adorable and cute they are to the terrible twos, through their many life stages are so important!
Some of my favorite stories are centered around positive, motivational people that have been dealt life's most cruel cards and are now making a difference in themselves and their lives and they want to tell that story.
Regardless of what it is, we all have something to say and we all need those memories preserved in the best way possible that will ensure generations to come will still hear and see your voice.