Woot for sunsets that make my baby girl's golden hair appear more...golden! I picked up a camera when my oldest was my youngest and was too fast for my little pocket sized snap and shoot. When I got my first DSLR from my husband for Christmas, I brought the manual to all our family's holiday....
events so that I could read the section that should have been titled, "How to Get That Gorgeous Bokeh with Proper Lighting and All the Other Things You Need to Know." So I never found that section and being new to the whole technical world of photography, my eyes glazed over a few times while I read through how to set up various modes I'd never heard of.
After a few frustrating practice rounds, trying to figure out depth of field and my shutter speed, I finally got a coaster to look really pretty in front of my husband's aunt's Christmas tree. Then I looked around the room to find that I was alone and realized how much I didn't know about photography and this giant and heavy camera that was in my hands. Right then, I promised myself I would figure it out.
This photo is from a few days later with my then baby (waaaahh!), who was 2 at the time. He is still willing to be a model for me but not as eagerly now that those pre-pubescent hormones are making my little man full of vinegar and all things boy (I love you buddy!). Do you see the bokeh? And my camera was fast enough to catch Kai. Not very well but still, documentation is documentation.
Fast forward to today, I have added three other little babes to my nest and continue to give myself grace for this photography journey, where I thought I had to have every piece of myself as an artist figured out from the get-go. Thank you to all of my past clients who have followed me on this journey. I hope that the milestones and frozen moments of time area treasured.
I will continue to learn and I absolutely am thrilled to get to see you again, and get to meet new clients as well. By the end of your session, I have to call you a friend because nobody should embarrass themselves as much as I do during a session and not call the client a friend!
I knew once my children started joining our little family that photography would be a lifelong passion for me. These images are precious to me - those of my own family and those that I take for my extended family of photography clients. It's difficult to share them sometimes because it's a little piece of my heart that I'm putting out there. But the notion that I'm documenting someone's moments and milestones, and capturing a shot of who someone is at a specific point in their life, is thrilling to me. What an honor!
Thanks again for joining me on this journey! If you didn't see the post on my Instagram account (link below), I'm taking a limited number of clients this fall. Let me know if I can be your photographer!
Also, check out my new website!! I'll be adding a few things yet but I'm so excited to share it. :-)
I have to share a picture of my littlest little, Walter, from this summer - just to make you smile.
Slowly breathe in a moment today - they are simply gone too quickly.