Today's blog is going to be taking a look at why I started in photography, why I love it. Also, I want to share with you some of my goals when I am photographing you.
My mom has been a photographer since she received her first camera as a high school graduation present. My dad also photographed some throughout college. Since I had parents who were so photographically (is that even a word?) inclined, I was in front of the camera constantly as a child. Around age 10, the camera became an increasing fear for me. There are significantly less photos of me from age 10 till even now. This was because at age 10, I started realizing that society's definition of beauty was not who I was. I was a girl who was overweight, wore mostly second-hand clothing, and was stricken with glasses. What I thought was beauty, was not what I saw in the mirror.
My struggle with my self-confidence and self-image continued throughout middle school and into high school. It was in high school that my self issues really hit. At this point I was grasping at anything to feel beautiful; I signed up to be a cheerleader (not a good idea), I tried to find the most stylish clothing that models were wearing (another bad idea), and I attached myself to anyone who I considered 'popular'. I was going through life unhappy, unsatisfied, and feeling like I didn't matter.
I was 15 when I first picked up the 'big girl camera'. Before then I had been 'shooting' with a small Sony point-and-shoot. My first official shoot (which made me a paid 'professional') was with a girl from school. The images were some of my best at the time and I was SO proud of them. I remember while editing I thought "Hey, I think I like this". For the first time in a long time, I was proud of me. I was excited about something in MY life that I had done. Photography made me realize that even though I didn't feel so beautiful on the outside, I could show the beauty I had on the inside. While I was photographing I was happy, I felt confident in myself. Photography was a way I was able to find myself again.
After that, I began shooting whenever the opportunity struck. I photographed friends, my little sister, helped my mom on her shoots, and even got to second shoot a wedding. That first year is when I decided that I loved photography. For me, photography was a way that I could express the emotions I was feeling. It was also a way I could merge my passions into one mega-passion.
When I was growing up I always knew what I wanted to do when I grew up, even though that changed every week. Some of the jobs were; fashion designer (but I can't draw), nurse (but I hate bodily functions), writer (but I get stuck WAY too often), chef (I think I'm a better cook than I am), Historian (I LOVE history!), and event planner (Love the little, pretty details). But the awesome thing is when you look at all the careers I thought I wanted, you will see a pattern. All of these careers revolve around either 1) people or 2) creativity.
And then it hit me! I would be happy with a career that centered around people and let me be creative. Photography is the beautiful blend of it all. It was a way I could incorporate my love of fashion. It was a way I could show the beauty of people. It was the way I could record the history of someone's life - tell THEIR story. I could see details and capture them. Photography was a way for me to be ME.
Now that you understand why I love photography, I want you to understand why I love to photograph YOU. My goal with everyone of my shoots is to show you the beauty of you. I want to show your fun personalities, energy, and beauty. That every life is worth being celebrated, loved, and captured. Every life is beautiful.
I know what it is like to not feel beautiful or confident in yourself. If I can be the one to show you that beauty and give you that confidence, then you have made me happy. I want to show that teenage girl how beautiful she is, inside and out. I want to show her that societies "perfect woman" is not nearly as beautiful as that precious, organically unique girl. That her quirks, her personalities, everything that makes her sparkle and shine are what makes her beautiful.
I want to show that mom that she is special and she is beautiful. I want to show her that even though her daily life is focused on others, she should be celebrated too. That even a mom deserves pampering and a chance to feel confident and important.
Capturing the essence of you, of your family, of these precious moments is what gives me joy. That is why photography is not only my job, but my passion. Someone once said "If you are doing what you love then you will never work a day in your life". I have decided that this saying, albeit cliche and over used, is exactly what I want my life to look like. I want to be so in love with my job that I forget that it's a job at all. I love people, I love creating, and I love photography.
I am a born & raised Alabama photographer who has a passion for all things girly, sparkly, and capturing the beauty all around me. I have been in business for 5 years and I specialize in the High School Senior Experience. I pride myself in giving my seniors a portrait experience unlike any other while producing images that truly capturing their essence!