"This life isn't what I expected, and I love it..."

Here’s part of my story; If you asked me fifteen years ago where I would be, never in a million years would I have named where I am now. Life has odd ways of working.. Back then I often found myself wondering if I would ever find happiness and passion in my work life. Before becoming a photographer, I was a dental assistant, which is nothing even remotely related. I had hardly ever held a DSLR camera in my life. and as time went on, I had lost my place in the dental industry, I wondered if working just to "work" was all the world had to offer. I can confidently say I was wrong.

How did I get here then, you may ask? I found myself wanting to connect deeper with other people and families, and be able to work and still be a mom to my babies... I had always been an artistic person as a child and teen i would find myself writing my own short stories, and taking every art classes in school, and them being my absolute favorite, so I started to ask myself where I could possibly turn that into a career of my own. As I had just begun to grow my own family, I realized I wanted to do something aimed at other families, and I wanted to create. I wanted to show off my individuality, while giving other people an opportunity to hold onto their memories to last a lifetime. A picture is worth a thousand words, and I realized I was meant to bring that to others. Photography fell into my lap like a gift from the world.

I started small… like really small...I would move my whole kitchen table aside, set up a makeshift backdrop in its place in my dining room, and use the sliding door for light. It was small and a little dinky, but it was something and it was a start. Fast forward to today, and I am a full time photographer, with my own private studio. I have grown a lot and still to this day i see some of those families that joined me in my dining room at the start of my journey, and those are some of the people i am so grateful for...they trusted me then, and still do now. The me that was standing in my kitchen table's place could never have expected this life, and I adore it every day. One of my greatest prides in life i don't take for granite. It took a lot of work and effort, but it all eventually paid off. 

Now, why do I love what it is I do? I love impacting families in what may seem like small ways. Pictures are something that can last a lifetime, and how wonderful it feels to have these memories captured in an artful way. I pour myself into each and every session, and I always have. I connect with families, friends, and other clients, creating relationships I never could have seen. I get to touch the lives of hundreds of people, watching as they trust me with their life stories and love of each other. I have watched people fall in love and marry, I have seen babies newly born and watched them grow, I have watched children go from kids to seniors in high school, I have seen families ebb and flow, and more. It is a gift, and it is something I cherish day in and day out. Nothing like it compares, and I just want to make people happy with the photos and memories I can create. 

That was my shortened story, and the explanation to just why I love what I do. I hope this post resonated with some of you or even inspired you. Until next time everyone. 

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