In the beginning… I never considered photography. I wasn’t the person with a camera strapped around my neck stopping every other minute to take a shot. Instead, I prided myself in being the type of person who wanted to experience everything first hand instead of taking pictures, so I could see what I didn’t experience at the time because I was too busy behind the camera.
What??? So, how did I fall in love with photography, you ask? I fell into it, or you might say tripped into it. It was by accident, or maybe more likely, chance. The universe decided it was time I fall in love. Four years ago, a close friend and attended a week long summer camp at Ringling College of Art and design in Sarasota, Florida. The theme of the camp was integrating art into the regular education classroom. My friend and I taught 7th grade. I was and English teacher and she a Social Studies teacher. We loved the beach and we were always looking for new ways to engage our students, so this week sounded like a lot of fun to us. It was a girls trip!
Wait? Your and English teacher, but how did you become a photographer. The answer is simple. I signed up for the class I wanted to take that week too late, so I was put in “Telling Stories through Pictures.” I wasn’t thrilled. I thought, “I know how to take a picture. I don’t like doing it. Oh, well, at least I have the beach and fun with a friend for a week.” Turns out I had a lot more than that.
The first day in class I fell in love. I fell in love with photography as an art. Turns out it wasn’t simply just point and shoot and sometimes you get lucky with a good picture. No, there was art and creativity in taking beautiful pictures. Some images were truly works of art. I knew immediately that I wanted to create photographic works of art. I returned from that life changing trip, took every photography class at the local college, found online classes in the style I love, and continue to soak up every thing I can learn about photography.
I love working with people, and I love being creative with my camera. I know how intimidating it is to be in front of the camera. I specialize in client centered photography. I don’t want you to just love your images, but I want you to enjoy the experience of taking them. I want you to enjoy your moments no matter how large, your wedding day, or small, your tiny newborn baby, and all the moments in between. While you live your experiences, I will document those precious memories for you with my camera.
I still believe in experiencing life. I’m a pilot, and a sailor, a mother and wife, but I’m also a photographer. When I pick up my camera, I want to preserve your experiences for you.