Listen, I know I’m not the best photographer in the world. But I freaking love pictures! I love to take pictures, look at pictures… Seriously, hand over your old family albums and I will happily look at every page and ask you all the back stories to each photo. I love that a photograph can capture a moment in time. I love the way a good camera can freeze something exactly the way you see something in the moment you see it.
Photography is my favorite creative outlet. A lifelong goal of mine is to continue to practice and improve – I know I have much to learn. I started my photography business almost 11 years ago, right after I had graduated from college and married my sweetheart. I was working at BYU’s campus key office. It was early 2006 and the popularity of websites and blogs were JUST beginning to emerge. Digital photography was also beginning to become more mainstream. Those keys were not exactly inspiring, but the photography blogs I stumbled upon at my desk computer WERE. My husband surprised me with my first dSLR – a Pentax – which was a major sacrifice on our student budget. I took a few community classes, but I mostly read everything I possibly could and taught myself. I read my camera manual, found online forums, I googled aperture and off-camera flash. I practiced every day after work and on the weekends, and I began to offer to take people’s pictures for free. Since then, I have owned four different dSLR’s, a handful of film cameras, and I haven’t stopped taking pictures.
I have, however, taken more or less clients depending on my stage of life. I absolutely love taking clients — when I’m out on a photoshoot, I feel alive. But, being a mom is my most favorite, number one job, so I am satisfied taking a few clients here and there. Since those simple days in Provo, we have moved four times and have had three kids, and I don’t regret for a second giving photography a backseat when I am at home enjoying a new baby. My camera is always within reach. I love photographing my kids, our experiences, our messy life.
When a friend approaches me and says they want to learn, I say: YES! Do it! Everyone should know how to use a camera. Ask me anything. I will tell you everything I know. On occasion, I have taught a photography class at a church function, and I used to keep an FAQ on my very-outdated photography blog. I am an open book, and I’d love to use this new blog as a platform to occasionally share photo tips.
I have been shooting with a Nikon d700 since 2008, and just this week I upgraded to a Nikon d750 – I am excited to see how I like it (and to test out the HD video and wifi… yes!). My favorite lens has always been the 24-70mm f/2.8, but I also just added the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens to my collection and I can’t wait to experiment with it. I will be sure to report back on how I like them.
I hope everyone is having an amazing Thanksgiving holiday!
I’m wearing: H&M top