I opened my photography business here in Raleigh (well, technically Apex) at the end of February of 2021. To say I’m a “newb” is a category I don’t deny having. My first experience with photography, though, was back in 2008 when my then-boyfriend (now hubby) gave me a book called The Camera by Ansel Adams. I may have mentioned my interest in photography to him, and being the thoughtful boyfriend he was, he researched and found me the “best book for beginners”. I read through it, but frankly, a lot of it went over my head. I was 21 at the time and my priorities went to other things in my life. Photography ended up taking a back seat.
Trying to find my “thing”
After college, I commissioned as an Army Officer and stayed in for about four years before “getting out”. I went on to become a Business Analysis for a couple of years and then became a stay-at-home mother in early 2015. Now I am a suburbia living wife and stay-at-home mother of two who drives a minivan. I am not an “in” person, I can’t dance (well), and I’m pretty darn dorky if I’m going to be real with y’all. But one constant I have always had is the love of art; I love creativity, and for YEARS I knew that the type of job that would make me most happy would have some sort of creativity in it. For YEARS though, I had no idea what that would be. I started crafting all sorts of things – I got myself a Cricut machine thinking I’ll make some cool wooden signs I can stencil, I was really into the idea of weaving and creating cool tapestries, and then I finally made my way into sewing and started creating dresses/clothing for my kids. Throughout all of those ideas, though, photography has ALWAYS been with me just waiting patiently for me to give it some more attention.
Sewing vs. Photography
One day I ran into a (metaphorical) fork in the road and had to choose one of my hobbies to pursue as something more: sewing or photography. I was REALLY close with going with sewing, close enough to even have my shop name picked out (Sew Re Mi…I know I’m just sooo clever ;)), but I realized that all the parts that lead up to the “creating” part I just didn’t love and thought were such a chore. So much so that I would actually avoid sewing all together just to avoid those parts.
some of the dresses I made for my daughter
Photography, on the other hand, has been with me for years. While there were (are) many frustrating parts that came with it (e.g. can’t get the lighting right, this style of editing is sooo bad, my social awkwardness will totally get in the way, etc), I embraced them instead of avoiding them. It made me want to push further, dive deeper and it didn’t make me want to stop pursuing. That’s when I knew that this was it.
Photography (finally) wins.
On top of all of that, I am so inspired by photographs; how can a single, still image evoke so much emotion? I am constantly in awe of so many amazing photographers out there (check out Nirav Patel, simplistic yet mesmerizing), and my goal is to create a name for myself to deliver the same type of imagery for you.