I love being able to capture a moment for someone that makes them smile every time they look at it.I can’t start off by saying that I knew I wanted to be a photographer since I was a little girl, because I didn’t. I mean I always enjoyed taking pictures but never thought I would one day become a photographer. I can remember riding in the back seat and looking out the window and noticing how beautiful certain things were. I would see a tree in the distance and wonder what it would be like to lay under that tree or I would see fields of corn, which seem to be everywhere when I lived in the Midwest for part of my childhood, and I would wonder what it would be like to run in them. Just certain things caught my eye and my imagination would run wild. I look back now and wish I had a picture of that tree from my childhood. Certain things will always remain in your memory but a picture of that memory is even better. Because it tells a story, you get a feel for that time in your life, just by looking at it and it takes you back.
I moved to Las Vegas when I was 9. So for the most part I guess I grew up here. I met my husband in 2003 and we married in 2007. In July 2008 I gave birth to my beautiful daughter Emme Jeanine. She is what changed me. Growing up my parents never took pictures and I don’t recall ever having any photos hanging on the walls or displayed in frames throughout the house. When I brought Emme home I couldn’t believe I had created life. And I couldn’t believe how fast she would change from a newborn to a baby, then a child and before I knew it young women.
I wanted to capture every moment I could of her life. I wanted to remember how tiny her hands and feet were at one time, and how she looked on her first day of preschool and every moment in between and after. I loved her and I began to really love photography. So I bought my first nice camera, a Nikon D60 and enrolled in a beginning photography class at the community college. I learned how to set my camera in manual mode and what that meant. I also learned how to find light and how to capture a moment.
I did struggle for quite some time with the camera settings. It just didn’t make sense to me for the longest time. But the more I went out and shot the more I got it. I think at this point you could say photography found me. All I did was surround myself with photography websites and blogs. I also wrote to a few favorite photographers and asked them for advice. I joined an online photography forum, clickinmoms and I attended multiple workshops. I started out shooting as much as I could. I would take pictures for friends and family and of course my daughter Emme was my main subject. I just fell in love with it. I loved being able to capture a moment for someone that would make them smile every time they looked at it.
I then learned all the aspects of starting my own business. Once I started getting clients I saved up and bought a Nikon D300s and a 24-70mm lens. I use this lens for every session and love it. My sweet spot is at f/f 2.8. Love the look of a blurry back ground and the subject the only thing in focus.
My next lens on my wish list would be the 85mm f/1.8. I have found that I enjoy taking pictures of children most. I love their innocence. They are such happy people to be around. I especially love newborns. There is no greater reward than being able to share such a beautiful moment in a couple’s life.
The images we capture tell the stories of our lives. Life is short. I want my children to someday share what I captured of their childhood years with their babies. I too want to look back someday when I am old and see myself as a young mother with the children I once raised. We can’t get back or relive moments. I want to be able to give my grandbabies my story. A picture really is worth a thousand words.