These ‘about me’ sections are not the easiest to write, but here it goes.
Outside of photography, I am a wife and a mom of one baby son (who just turned 18 months old! Not a baby anymore, yikes!) We also have a dog who used to be my favorite photography subject, but she now comes second. Shhh, don’t tell her. I’m from Connecticut, but I haven’t lived there since I was 18 (it’s been awhile!) My husband is active military, so we move….a lot. He is also a great photography assistant, when around.
I originally was interested in landscape and travel photography, and always had a camera since I was around 12. I listened to my mom when she said photography wasn’t a career, but when I took a semester of photography classes in Monterey, California at the local college I changed my mind. We lived overseas for four years, and I was able to travel and photograph many amazing places.
As I started doing photo sessions for friends, I realized I also loved taking family portraits. I love the challenge of capturing people’s personalities into a still picture. I’m a naturally shy person, and I enjoy the connection that the camera brings me to other people. I was that kid that made faces every time my parents took a picture of me (and I still do, I’m horrible on the other side of the camera!), so I understand having camera-shy kids.
I initially started newborn photography because I couldn’t find a traditional newborn photographer I liked in the area when I had my son, so I figured I would try. He peed and pooped on me within the first five minutes. I was happy to be able to capture a few images even though my lack of experience was limiting, especially while recovering from an emergency c-section. However, I fell in love. I love each babies uniqueness; some like touch, others do not. Some eat every five minutes, others sleep the entire session. My absolute favorite part is seeing parents reaction when showing them a slideshow of their new little one. It’s an amazing feeling to play a role in the memory of a new beginning.