After years of stalling, I’m finally writing a blog! It may show off new sessions or provide another outlet to reach everyone, only time will tell.
This initial post is aimed at addressing why I got into photography. Specifically, why I focus on family, maternity, and newborn photography. Be warned, this isn’t a happy, sunshine and rainbows story.
My mother passed away suddenly when I was 14 from a disease that we and her doctors believed was being well managed. Upon graduating high school, I came to the realization that we had few photos of my mother. One of the most important and influential people in my life had left little photographic evidence of her presence to be shared with friends, family, and of course, my own children.
She was the person that always had a camera in hand. She was always capturing family moments and events. She was making a record of these precious times. Looking back, the realization crept in. By capturing these images, she was absent from them. The lack of photos of me next to my mother devastates me to this day.
When I was 25, as soon as that faint blue line showed up on the test, I promised myself that I would leave my children photographic evidence of the happy times we have together. These images that we capture, little moments shared, they will be accessible to my children and future generations, conveying the love I have for my children.
Pregnancy is a joyous right to be shared and cherished. When my son was 4, my husband and I experienced a miscarriage after just a few weeks. Six months later, we were overjoyed by the digital “Pregnant” image on the test. Three short weeks later, we got the news that our little baby had stopped growing and, again, I miscarried. The experience left me overwhelmed. Feeling that my body was broken and unable to carry my babies left me feeling empty. My husband and I decided that we would not have any children besides our wonderful, beautiful son.
After we made this decision, came the news that we were soon expecting another child. I was terrified that I would again miscarry, that something would go wrong, or that I or my body would do something wrong.
Ten months of stress and worry, our little daughter entered this world healthy and full of life. We were excited to watch her grow, learn, and share time with us.
Maternity and family photography are my focus for a reason. My life experiences have guided me towards these types of photography. The images I capture for my clients exude the love and joy that we share for the ones we cherish the most: our children. Maternity sessions give me the opportunity to capture the hope and loving joy that expectant mothers have. Newborn sessions help to capture the tiny details and bonds that families have after welcoming their newest members.
My photography allows me to capture the never-ending love that families have for one another. I feel pride in the fact that I enable my clients to be able to share and pass down these instants. These are the reasons I’m a photographer. I never want to have our children look back and feel that they don’t have enough photos of us together. For that reason, I regularly engage with other photographers to take photos of my family.