My Reasons Why
After about a year of taking her photo daily, I thought to myself – hey, I’m getting pretty good at this. So I decided to start my business. It began as a creative outlet and a way to make a little extra income on the side while I worked part-time for an amazing non-profit organization. My portfolio was ninety-percent her to begin with, so naturally, I started booking family sessions and lots of young kids. And while I loved (almost) every minute of it, it wasn’t until my son was born that I found my true love – newborn photography. Seth joined our family in December, 2018. I didn’t make the same mistake this time – my camera came to the hospital with us and the pictures of his first three months of life are professional quality. While I’m still thrilled when a family contacts me to get some updated photos, it’s capturing the the tiny details of newborns – their itty bitty toes and fingers, the way their lips smoosh against their cheeks, their tiny yawns, which all disappear so quickly, that makes me come alive.
These two are why I do this. They’re my inspiration and my muses. They’re the reason I wake up in the morning (usually because they’ve woken me up!) and the reason I pick up my camera each day. Paisley’s playful and outgoing personality inspires me to capture the magic of childhood, and how quickly she’s grown and changed reminds me to capture Seth in all his tininess. Knowing how much joy it brings me to be able to look back at my photos and see the days past, how they’ve grown and developed as people, makes me want to do this for others. These days when our kids are small go by so quickly. Someone recently said to me “Newborns don’t keep.” Neither do babies, or toddlers, kids or teenagers. They grow so fast. Suddenly today is yesterday, and then a year ago, so we have to capture these sweet moments before they slip through our fingers. I fell in love with photography years ago, with that first Photojournalism course, but my love for it has grown and become stronger; it helps me document and remember the little people I love most. Years from now I’ll look back on these days and our 100,000 photos and be so thankful I was able to capture these moments.