Why I Love Photography….

When did you realize how much you loved photos?

What motivates you to love your images?

I was 10 years old when I was given my first Camera, and was bitten by the shutterbug.  I started taking pictures of my siblings, pets, toys, Nature, and fell in love. It has been a wonderful journey of discovery, of learning to fine tune my focus, to look for the beauty in things most people see as ordinary, in places people see as run down, in all the world around me. Photography has given me a unique perspective and helped me see beauty even when I do not have my camera in hand. Here is a glimpse into some of what Motivates me….

Some of the Simple moments, captured forever with my camera, the reasons i love Photography…..

 

In April of 2015 we said goodbye to a very dear friend and coach. As I sat reflecting and remembering the life of an amazing Coach and friend, going through Photos, I was once again reminded why I take so many Photos, why I love Photography. I don’t set out to just capture my kids playing Ball….yes that is PART of what drives me, but it is deeper, it is capturing the moments on AND Off the field….The friendships…the FULL essence of Life at the Ballpark and away from the ballpark…. to be able to look back and cherish the moments….to give my kids photos to look back on and treasure. It is worth all the eye rolls I get from my daughters ( the older they get, the more they roll their eyes 😛) I am truly blessed to have been given a gift that allows me to bless those around me, and I pray that I am using it to the best of my ability.

There is incredible beauty in this world, in the simple things, in the everyday moments, in the wonder of childhood, in the times when we remember to slow down and see the world around us. These are the moments to cherish, the moments I love to capture, the every day, non prompted, non posed, life in all it’s everyday beauty and wonder.

There are so many reasons why I shoot…There are so many reasons why I choose to shoot more “Lifestyle and Candid” than purely portraits. This post covers a Big one…..Photography for me is about the story….It’s about etching memories in time for future generations, about giving families something to hold onto after a loved one is gone, it’s about the big picture, the seemingly simple moments, that when looked back on become big moments. It’s about Birthday Parties, Graduations, Prom, Ball Games, Baptisms, LIFE, Moments….Life is short, precious, and to be cherished. My kids ask me constantly why I am always taking pictures….not just of the “Milestone moments” but of the day to day ones…..

I cherish the Photos I have taken of my Youngest and her friend, digging in the dirt, riding bikes, jumping in leaves. Moments that at the time seemed so small and simple, etched forever in time as precious memories, in an album for her to look at when she misses Him. You see, He is in Heaven, and those seemingly simple moments have become treasured, cherished memories, something for her to cling to on the hard days, when her grief gets too overwhelming.

I remember my grandparents funerals, pouring over the Photographs of their lives, hearing the stories from older relatives of days long gone, triggered by a picture, while other pictures took me back to my childhood, back to a moment, a memory long forgotten. Photography is special, it’s important, it’s an art and a gift.

When You see me out and about, Camera in hand, know that for me it’s about more than just a photo-shoot, it’s about telling a story, capturing a moment, creating treasured keepsakes.

 

The next time You see me when my camera aims Your direction and You contemplate sticking Your tongue out, rolling Your eyes or hiding remember that i will most likely snap the picture anyway. I have people asking me all the time why I take so many pictures. I do it because it is what I love, because on days like today, we are all thankful for the photos to look through, to celebrate the life of a loved one. Because I have a non verbal child, and Photos are the best way to capture His expressions in the moments, because life is short and memories should be treasured and cherished. It’s Ball Games, Birthday Parties, Baptisms, Graduations, Proms, Celebrations of moments to be cherished, and It’s also in the every day, the Simple moments that someday are looked back on as big memories. It is my way of giving back something to the people around me who bless me and my kids.

Trying to do better at this whole Blog thing….

I realize I have neglected my Blog…The Honest truth is, with 3 teenagers, life is a whirlwind. Last year was jam packed full of milestones as my oldest graduated from high school and headed off to college. Between capturing her Senior Year, and keeping up with my younger two and their ballgames, and other moments, keeping up with my blogs was the farthest thing from my mind. I wanted to be IN the moments, not watching over my laptop screen….

Here is a glimpse at some of my favorite shoots and moments from 2015….

2016 Calendar is filling up fast with Senior Sessions, Ball Games, Birthday Parties, First Dances, Prom sessions, and all sorts of other moments to Etch in Time. I hope You will stay tuned as I continue to spread my wings, and do my best to use the Talent God has blessed me with to Bless the world around me, to capture treasured moments, and find the beauty that is all around me. Thank You for believing in me, and for encouraging me to keep shooting.

Alex and Sara~ First Dance: May 4,2012

It was a night filled with Magic….

A Much anticipated Memory waiting to be….

Two teenagers, Very good friends…

His First Dance…

For Myself, and His Mom, there were tears as we watched Our Oldest children take another step towards growing up….

Her Hair all done…

Putting on the Finishing Touches…

Twirling…and waiting…

Walking to the door to Pick her up for the dance….

Helping her with her Corsage…

Priceless Memories….forever Etched in Time

One Word Project: March

I stumbled accross this challenge and decided it is one I wanted to take part in. I have tried the 365 day ones, and the 52 week ones…but this one challenges ME…it gives me A WORD,  and I get to define it in a Photo. As someone who LOVES to write, LOVES Quotes and Poetry…it spoke to me!

http://shuttersisters.com/home/2012/1/24/the-power-of-one.html

And so….without Further introduction, I Give you….

Gather….

Two hearts become One….

I shot my first wedding this weekend, but it was so much more than just a wedding. I was nervous going into it…I worried I did not have the proper equipment, and that I would not do a good enough job. It was a wedding for a family member, so that added to my stress. Everything went really welll, and I ended up surprising myself, and looking back on it, I learned a lot, but the biggest lessons I got from the experience are…

1.) have more faith in myself, and in the Gift GOD Gave me…I Really CAN do this!

2.) Giving 100% and hard work really DOES Pay off, and Is Noticed!

Without further introduction, here are some of My Favorite shots from the event….

Cleats and Lace…..

*The Flower girl Came straight from softball practice to the wedding rehersal*

*one of the reasons (besides the occasion itself) this day was so special…

the first time in 23 years my husband and all his cousins were in the same place at the same time*

 This precious girl has been an inspiration to me this year…

Her courage and strength in her fight against Cancer…

Moments like this is why I LOVE Photography….

I was Honored and Blessed to be able to Capture the Moments of this day. I Learned a lot about myself, about my Photography, and took a TON of Photos, and Had fun at the same time. I had told my husband I would never do wedding Photography….but I may have to rethink that statement now!

 

Love captured through my lens

February means Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day focuses on Love….

Love is often best shown, not by words we say but in the way we respond to others, in our actions…

Love shows strong when it exists in true form…

It can’t be hidden, the eyes will give it away…

Here is a glimpse of “Love captured through my lens”

♥♥♥♥♥

A Mother’s Love

Puppy Love

“I Love You”

Best Friends….

Love at First Sight…

 Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow;

Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead;

Walk beside me, and just be my friend.

♥♥♥♥

“Lost in Your eyes”

One Word Project: February

I stumbled accross this challenge and decided it is one I wanted to take part in. I have tried the 365 day ones, and the 52 week ones…but this one challenges ME…it gives me A WORD,  and I get to define it in a Photo. As someone who LOVES to write, LOVES Quotes and Poetry…it spoke to me!

http://shuttersisters.com/home/2012/1/24/the-power-of-one.html

And so….without Further introduction, I Give you….

Leap