My Journey: How Did I Get Here?

I mentioned in my most recent post that last year I left my full time job to pursue photography full time (YAY!) I thought it might be fun (and humbling) to check out how I got here. Below is my very first Blog Post from my very first (no longer LIVE) Blog- long before I had a legitimate website and clients and long before I knew 95% of what I know now.  While I started my blog abut a year after I bought my first dslr camera, I did use the first photo that I ever took on my original Canon Rebel T1i on that inaugural post, so this photo is legitimately the first dslr photo I ever took. Not great- but it is certainly a testament to how far I've come and I am not embarrassed to share it because we all have to start somewhere. I posed a few questions at the beginning of that blog and I definitely got my answers. See for yourself...


February 14, 2012

Can 1 artistic medium lead to another? Is it possible for an old (ish) dog to teach herself some new tricks? Is a new career possible after 30? These are the questions I will attempt to answer on this page and in my life. Before I get started, here is some background on what brought me to this place. I love to sing. I have been singing as long as I can remember. My world revolved around music and still does, but not in the ways I assumed it would. Music was my identity and what set me apart from others. It was my "thing".  Then one day it just wasn't anymore.  I literally lost my voice. I have since had surgery and my voice is on the mend, but it might not ever be the same.

When I lost my singing voice, I think I lost my everything voice. I wasn't able to express myself and I felt lost and misunderstood and miserable. I tried painting and writing in journals and even toyed with the idea of writing a children's book but none of those things, while fun and worthwhile, were what I was looking for. Then I went on a trip to Seattle that changed everything. I started taking pictures and I couldn't stop. When I turned 30, I decided to treat myself to one of those fancy cameras I had always wanted to try. It's the best thing I've ever done for myself.  I am 31 now and haven't looked back. I am learning new things every day about myself and about the world around me through a completely different perspective. I really am looking at the world through a new lens and I couldn't be happier.


Starting the Year Off Right

I feel like 2017 was definitely a polarizing year all around, so I am ready to move on and excited to see what 2018 brings. Hopefully your last year was filled with more ups than downs and 2018 brings you everything you need. I can honestly say that professionally, I had a pretty eventful and successful year. After 12 years, I left my full time day job to pursue photography full time. This was amazing and exciting and absolutely terrifying, but I am so glad I did it. I feel incredibly fortunate to have so much love and support from family, friends, and all my clients; even when I am stressed, I am still happy and doing what I love and all the work (and occasional sacrifice) is completely worthwhile.

That said, I now have the time to take on more clients AND I have more time to actually share my work which leads me to this blog. I am committing myself to updating my blog and website on a regular basis to share not just client work, but also tips and tricks of the trade, lifestlyle/ personal photos from trips, events or everyday, and other local vendors (and their products) who I bump into along the way. The next month or so is going to be devoted to catching up with work from the second half of last year as well as anything new the comes along. 

I look forward to your comments and questions and to crushing 2018!




Back to work!

Hey everyone,

I haven't posted in awhile because I was super sick and in the hospital and a rehab place (aka nursing home) because I was on IV meds to get better. I lost a few months of working and updating the site, so I just wanted to say I am back now and ready to start working harder than ever. I also want to apologize to anyone who made inquires for shoots in the few months and I didn't answer until recently. I didn't have access to a computer until the very end of my time there so I apologize for leaving you hanging. I promise I am good to go and excited to be working again! Actually, I have a few fun jobs in the next few weeks so keep your eyes open for new work. I am currently working on pics of my friend's baby girl and she is just amazing. Here's a preview of what's to come!


Christmas 2014!

I know its a little late, but I wanted to share two of my favorite Christmas shoots from 2014! Both kids are beautiful and were so much fun- I happen to love both of these families personally, so it was even more fun to hang out with them. Enjoy :)

Sweet P.

Here is my shoot with Baby Sweet P. at 8 days old. She was very alert for a newbie, so I captured a few of her beautiful eyes before we finally got her to sleep. This was especially fun because I grew up with her Mama and had not seen her in several years. We had a great time catching up (and dressing up!) both the baby and her older sister, who let me take a few pics with her as well. Take a look below and you will see the camera loved them both! 

I've Just Seen a Face

Anyone who knows me or has even just read the bio on my website knows about my love affair with music. This love also runs in my family; my sister and my cousins specificially share the same passion and eclectic taste and its something that I feel has always bonded us. I feel like I live to a private soundtrack that plays in my head through everything that I experience and I think they probably do as well. Music is the perfect condiment to life; it has the ability to truly change the flavor, so to speak, of whatever it is we are going through. It lifts us up when we feel sad, calms us down when we need to just chill out, helps us through the sad times, and celebrates the good times. Every memory has a song and every song recalls a memory or a feeling of some kind. 

My cousin just had a baby girl and she is the first of all of us cousins to have a child so its pretty exciting and wonderful for the whole family. When I was visiting with her and meeting her daughter, Penny, for the first time, we were talking about her newfound motherhood and how quickly life and perspective changes with the birth of a child. She said that she even hears music and the meanings of songs differently, like "I've Just Seen a Face" for instance. We are all big Beatles fans so it is not surprising she would use one of their songs as an example, but how crazy that a song that she has been listening to for the last 30 years could just change for her, literally overnight. At the time, I thought that was pretty cool, but it wasn't until I got in my car to drive home and I put on the song that it really made me think. I listened to lyrics I know by heart and I, too, listened to them differently, from my cousins point of view. It made me hope that someday, I can know that feeling, too.

Naturally, because the other way I look at the world is through an imaginary camera lens, I've been inspired to do a portrait project. Each week, I am going to post a face of the week- either a full portrait or part of the face that I think is fun, special or spectacular in some way. My first "Face" is the face who inspired this whole project- my little cousin/niece, Penny! Also, have a listen to the song- refresh your memory. Who does it make YOU think of?