This Is Me
Capturing Family Moments July 27, 2017
I recently had the opportunity of photographing this young family for the third time. I was deeply honored to be chosen to capture the their girls being themselves. When I first photographed this family, the mom warned me that her young daughter would not be cooperative and it would be extremely difficult to get pictures of her happy and natural and interacting with the family. I told her I would do my best and on the day of the shoot we let her young daughter run and play and interact in the way that she wanted to and where able to capture some truly magical moments for her. Mom actually told me that out of all of them, she felt like she was the most unnatural. The second shoot I did for this family was newborns of their second daughter and despite some hiccups, we managed to make some beautiful images for her. This last week I had the opportunity to photograph the second daughters first birthday as well as some updated family photos. This was the third time I had photographed this family and we have a good report and a set of expectations that are easily met. Their young daughters still don't particularly like getting their photos taken, but because this wasn't our first session I knew what to expect and how to work around it. I was able to capture some genuine moments for the family that they will love and cherish forever. I tell this story to point out how important it is to have a good relationship with my clients. This young family now knows what to expect and how to be natural in front of my camera. On top of all of that, all of their family photos have a consistent look and composition. They know that I will capture the planned poses and the small, but precious moments in between. I look forward to continuing my relationship with this family and helping them to make beautiful memories year after year.
How Photography Chose Me June 24, 2017
This is the picture that started it all. I took this picture two weeks before my first photography class and I remember thinking how proud I was of myself for getting such an amazing photo of the moon. Over the next year I would continue to learn and grow as a photographer and find my voice and my style. Then one day last spring I was contacted by a friend of mine about photographing a wedding. I was scared, but completely flattered. I decided that if I was going to shoot a wedding I needed to get as much practice in before the day of the event as I could. I needed to make sure that I did right by the bride and the family. I started booking clients as quickly as I could to refine my skills. When the day came for me to shoot the wedding I was still terrified, but knew that I had prepared as best I could. I was able to deliver beautiful images for a beautiful bride and happy mother of the bride. I also learned something about myself. I learned that photography is like air to me. I find my inner peace and am completely at one with who I am when I am behind the lense. I find that more and more my love for photography is being expressed through the images that I create and I am always looking forward to the next time I get to pull out my camera and create images of the moments that mean the most to my clients. I am almost two years out from the day that I took this shot, and although the journey to get here seems long sometimes, it is always worth it. To the clients I have already been blessed to work with: Thank you for allowing me to catch a glimpse of your happiness. For the ones I have yet to photograph, I can't wait to make beautiful images of the ones that you love.