Updated: May 25, 2018
Photography has always been a huge hobby of mine. For as long as I can remember, I have had an affinity for taking pictures and the memories that they capture.
On school trips and the last day(s) of school in elementary and middle school, my mom would buy me one of those "disposable" cameras so that I could take pictures with all of my friends. And in high school, I found my parents Konica film camera (that they received as a wedding present) and I started playing around with that. I used it to hone in my photography skills and randomly documented my adventures in high school. I now have the Konica camera sitting on a shelf alongside my grandfather's Rolleiflex camera in my office.
I think the thing that I love most about a photograph, is how it captures a moment in time. When I was younger, I would take pictures so that I could save the memories, and have them to look back on down the road. As a professional photographer, I love that I can use my talents to document those special moments for my clients and their families. Whether it's a wedding, a family session, or a birthday party, a story is being told, a phase in life is being recorded, and a moment in time is being frozen. I fall in love with the raw emotions, the laughter, the tears, and the genuine time that is being shared with loved ones. I love the imperfections that come with a "bad" session, the silly smiles, the dirty faces, the missing teeth or banged up knees- because to me, those things add depth and character to an image.
I try to take as many pictures as I possibly can, and I encourage my customers to do the same. I think of them, not only as a gift to my future self, but also to my children and grandchildren- they are a legacy that gets passed down to future generations! As we all know, children grow up way too fast, our memories fade, people pass on, and one day we will find ourselves thankful for the memories held in those photographs. So, take the pictures- and mom's, make sure you're in them too!
** Photos by: Charli Rae (my ten year old little sister!)