So, if you are reading this, I'm guessing you want to get to know me a little better. Most people know me for two things; my big hair and my picture taking (two characteristics I don't mind naming). But if you'd like to know a little more about me and my story, then just keep on reading...
I believe that photography is an art. As a photographer, my very highest goal is to preserve and capture your moments, the moments that become your life memories. It is to tell your story without using a single word. Ever heard the saying, A picture is worth a thousand words? Well, I believe that it is, especially the right picture.
I've been perfecting and crafting my art since the moment I realized I wanted to be a photographer and wrote it down in a little book that my grandmother gave me. Since then, I've learned that being a photographer is so much more than capturing stuffy posed pictures in front of a fake back-drop. The true art of being a photographer is to capture those rare and beautiful, live moments right at the very second they happen. So much of the art is in the candidacy of the moment, which is why for most of my life, a huge camera has been my most featured accessory (thank goodness for digital photography and the invention of cell phone cameras). I knew that there were moments in my life, my family's life that we would not remember the moment if the photograph was not taken.
It was not about creating the memory, but preserving the memory.
Our minds are intelligent and mysterious. They are also unpredictable. Some memories stay right at the fore-front of our minds, while others slip into some unknown place possibly never to be recalled. Ever have that perfect day when you just want to remember every single moment, every single thought and feeling? There is almost nothing that will help you remember as well as a photograph. At sixteen years old when my sister told me she was getting married, all I could think about was that I wanted her to be able to remember everything. Every detail from as small the invitations to the big moment of her first dance.
I wanted to tell their story.
This was a moment that shaped me, that gave me a strong desire to preserve and document other peoples memories, to tell their stories.
Photography is not my only passion. I also love children. Especially the ones with no homes and no parents. These kids keep me up at night and consume much of my thoughts and prayers. These kids are also the reason I have a day job where God has placed me right in the middle of an amazing opportunity to work for a non-profit that helps prevent child abuse and neglect. Oh, and old houses. I get to live in the really old white house that I dreamed about since before I wanted to be a photographer. When God opened the door for me to move in, I was thrilled, although I had no idea really how much work old houses could be. It's been fun though, and I do love living in the country right among the cows.
Now that you know a little about me, I would love to get to know you. I would be honored to capture your story.