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"If a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it's as though I've neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up." ~ Richard Avedon

Lets take a trip back in time shall we? It was September 2006 and my sons second birthday party. I was running around taking pictures and I dropped the point and shoot camera I had been using for the past three years. Unfortunately my little trusty camera never recovered from the fall.

Christmas of 2006 my husband purchased a Sony DSLR A100 camera for me. I opened it up and gasped at the beauty of the camera. I put the camera on Auto and left it there for two years. The camera intimidated me.

What the heck is aperture priority? What is shutter priority? I had no idea how to use any of it. So I decided to take charge. I took my first photo lesson in April of 2008 with a very talented local photographer.

Fast forward to present day. It has been a four years since my first lesson and I cannot imagine my life without my camera.

Typically I am not very confident in my day to day life. But put me behind my camera and something beautiful happens behind the lens.

I become confident.
I become aware.
I can escape inside myself.

It was at the end of 2008 that I decided to take a stab at going professional.  I am excited to see what will unfold over the next year with my adventure. The art of photography has given me a gift. It has given me an outlet to express and capture life. Looking back on this past year I am thankful that I am documenting my life with my husband and my two sweet boys that seem to grow by leaps and bounds overnight.

Photography not only allows me to capture my own families tiny moments, but I am able to capture my friends, family and future clients. I am grateful for every opportunity that arises for me to take out my camera and shoot.

Thanks for joining me on my adventure.