Growing up, I would never have thought I would end up with an interest in Photography. I hated having my picture taken, hated taking photos of others. It was not something I considered fun at all.
In high school, I took the offered Photography elective only because I needed that class to cover my requirements for graduation. I learned a lot about cameras and imagery from that class. I, also, learned to look through the lense and “see” more than just a picture.
In the years that followed, I only took photos when necessary at family events. I had no interest or reason for taking photos otherwise.
When I found out I was pregnant with my son, I began to think more about pictures as I wanted to capture every moment of my son’s life. After he was born, I would take his photos often with my 35mm camera. After a while it became hard to keep up with developing these images so I bought my first digital camera, an HP from Walmart.
I immediately grew to love my HP camera and my interest in photography began to blossom. As my son, grew I wanted to learn how to edit his digital photos to capture the best quality possible. I wanted to capture every single moment of his life, every tear, every smile.
When my oldest daughter was born my love of photography grew even more. I now had two babies to take pictures of. Money was limited and purchased portraits were not an option for us. I quickly realized I could take my own photos of my children to make up for their lack of professional portraits.
It was at this time that I began to realize I had fallen in love with photography. I loved working with my digital images to build beautiful portraits and create art with our memories. My lack of interest had turned into a love of this art form.
I have spent the last 10 years dabbling with photography. It’s been a slow process because of my daughters challenges, but every day I get a little bit better at it. It is my hope that eventually I will be able to start my own photography business but for now I’m just happy snapping photos for my family and friends, making their memories last a lifetime.