I have heard it said that having a blog is kind of like inviting someone into your livingroom, so since you have come by to visit, I suppose I should let you know a little about who I am and why I do what I do. I live in a little town in Texas. My husband and I have three grown kids and our son is married (but no grandkids just yet)!
I enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom for many years, doing all the stay-at-home mom stuff, taking lots of pictures and even scrapbooking, learning a little about photography from books and using an old manual film camera. But, when the kids grew up and went to college, I did too... and they are so glad I didn't go to the same college they did! I had wanted to study photography when I was a teenager, but was insecure and didn't really feel confident enough to put myself "out there" for critique. However, as a grown woman, there was really nothing to prove and lots of knowledge to gain!
When I was 8 years old, I asked for, and received my first camera for my birthday.
I took pictures of family members, friends, trips, and even got in trouble once for using a roll of film to take pictures of the t.v. set to "document" the new fall season of television shows...luckily I don't have to worry about film anymore! My dad is a very good amateur photographer, and I have great memories of evenings when he would temporarily turn our kitchen into a darkroom and we would watch images magically appear on the paper. Occasionally he would let me borrow his Leica camera. I was hooked! But after high school, life got busy with college, work, marriage, and kids. My kids faced some serious medical issues too ... so we were "focused" on other things during those years.
Fast forward to 2003 ... life was quieter, sometimes too quiet. The kids were older and two of them in college; the third was driving and busy with her own activities. It was time to get out there and see what I could do. Through the intervening years I've taken several courses in photography and find it more exciting now than ever before. I especially enjoy portraiture. I love catching a special look in the eyes, a fleeting expression, the loving relationship between a parent and child or a young engaged couple, or the quiet understanding love shared by a more mature couple. Many times people are having portraits made during a turning point in life, an engagement, a new baby, or graduation from high school. I feel honored to be asked to document such a special time in their lives.
That's enough of my story! As the blog continues, I'll be posting lots of images from sessions and keeping you guys up to date on studio news and any specials we'll be running. I'll also be posting some photography tips for those who want to take better pictures of their own families. Hope you'll visit often!