A question that seems to be asked by everyone to every photographer.... Why did you become a photographer?
I was always the child that always had a camera in my hand, brought it to school, events, sleepovers, etc. I loved to capture the memories I was making with my family and friends from grade school until now. The excitement of going to the store and getting my film developed to see what pictures I took was the best thing to me. I always bought doubles so I could give the doubles to my family and friends that were in the pictures. They loved the ones I would capture of all of us getting awards at school, hanging out at lunch, graduating high school, etc. They would laugh at the goofy faces that others would make when you caught them off guard, laughing at a joke or sleeping. The candid shots were everyone's favorites when they weren't in the picture haha.
I decided to go to college to get my accounting degree, but never could afford to take extra classes that didn't involve my degree. I was concentrated on getting my degree and workin in my field as soon as possible.
Jump to two years ago, I took the plunge and bought a DSLR camera. I was so excited and couldn't wait to tell my friend who was a professional photographer because I knew the love she had for photography and she is amazing at what she does. Little did I know at the time, but she also had the passion to teach me everything she knew. Over the years I had looked up to her, I knew we were going to have an amazing friendship. She asked me to come along to her weddings to 3rd shoot with her and be one of her assistants. Not only that, but she had a 2nd shooter come along with her that taught her a lot of what she knew. Best of both worlds and some amazing talented women. Boy was I in heaven doing something I truly love and learning from the best and the only one I would let take my family pictures.
As I continued to teach myself, take workshops and mentor under my friend, I always get asked the million dollar question... The answer, to me, is because I love capturing memories that my clients will never get back. I love seeing my work on their walls, this Christmas cards and their save the dates they pass out to all their loved ones.
The most memorable session I did was of a family who had lost their son the previous year and realized how important it was to get family pictures done. They brought their mother and father, their children and grandchildren and I was able to capture such a special moment with their family and even more with their mother and father. They were in their 80's and were so in love. Little did I know how important that picture would be to their family a couple months later when the Father had past and then a month after that, the mother had past. Going to both funerals, seeing my work and hearing the thank you from the family and the hugs of how much my photos meant to them made me realize right than and there, this is why I've become a photographer.
To capture the memories of engagement pictures, weddings, maternity session of a mother and father so excited to meet their little blessing of joy. The first day at the hospital where I get to capture the almost first of everything, first diaper change, first time Grandma and Grandpa get to meet their grandchild, the first time the sibling gets to see their baby brother or sister,, etc. Newborn pictures, one year old pictures, milestones, Seniors graduating from High School and the cycle starts over again. Truly some amazing memories that everyone looks back at and shows off to their friends and family, hang on their walls, social media, in their office and everywhere else. That is why I became a photographer..