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Why I do what I do

I figured I should start this blog off with telling you WHY I am a photographer.  Here’s my journey in a nutshell.

I’ve had a love for photography ever since my Aunt Barbara bought me a Polalroid camera when I was a teenager. I absolutely LOVED that camera!  I took pictures of myself, my family and my friends. One of my favorite photos of myself from my teenage years is an old Polaroid.

Life kept going and I got married at a young age, had children then got divorced. During this time I did a lot of photography of my son, it was just him and I now and he was my world I also started learning Photoshop with the help of a friend.  I was working full time at a very demanding but rewarding job to support myself and my son. I eventually met the man of my dreams who also happens to be the best husband ever. Life was good!

After a couple of years of marriage I decided I wanted to have a photography business “on the side”. I wanted to photograph children and families. I got an awesome camera and started learning it and started researching everything I could about photography. During this research I kept being drawn to Boudoir Photography and I decided to message several of my local friends on Facebook and explained that I was wanting to try to do a Boudoir shoot but that I’d never done it before and would like a model. I got a response!!! One friend wanted to do a shoot and another friend volunteered to do hair and makeup for me. I rigged up some lighting, setup MY bedroom and got everything ready for the shoot. My friend arrived and while she was getting her hair and makeup done she told me she didn’t feel pretty anymore. She had gotten pregnant and married age a very young age and she felt like that stole her beauty from her. I won’t go into details but she had very low self esteem and it made me so sad. We started the session and I started capturing some beautiful images. I showed her one on the back of my camera, I could not believe how much she lit up!  She became confident and was just beaming.  From that point on I knew making women feel beautiful and showing them their true beauty was what I wanted to do.

I did these Boudoir sessions at night and on weekends and got pretty busy. I wanted to do this full time but couldn’t quite take the leap and leave my secure, full time job. My husband and I took a vacation to Jacksonville Fl the summer of 2011 and loved it, we knew one day we wanted to live there.  A year later we took the leap, quit the jobs we’d had for years and made the move.

I now photograph women full time. I shoot Beauty, Glamour and Boudoir photography and enjoy every single minute of it.


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