Day after day and week after week I introduce you to the amazing families that I get to spend time with. But for those of you new to these parts I thought I would let you get to know a little bit about me!
All my life I have dabbled in things that interested me. I would work hard, get good or good enough at them and then I would get bored. I took interior design courses in college. I dabbled in painting partially because my mom is an incredible artist and I envied the beauty she could create. I was a hairdresser for nine years. These are a few things that I thought I liked. Some just for fun. Others I thought would be good careers. But none kept my interest and none quite fit into the life I envisioned for myself or for the family life I wanted.
I met my husband when I was a senior in high school. We worked at the same grocery store. I would walk by the deli every day, he would say "hi" I would shyly smile and quicken my steps to get past because he was the most handsome man I had ever met. His big smile got me every time! He thought I was weird cause I never said anything. HA I would think the same thing if I were him. Well thirteen years later he is my best friend, my biggest supporter, my sounding board, my own personal comedian, and we still have so much fun together. He is an outstanding father and for that I am grateful. He pushes me and encourages me and that makes me want to be better every day.
So that brings me to our boys. Tanner and Parker. We didn't find out what we were having with either one. Some people applaud that and some nearly faint from shock. But for us there was no question....we wanted the grand surprise to be when the doctor laid or baby in our arms. We looked at the baby and then at each other with tears in our eyes each time to say...."It's a boy!" And the rumors are true, from the moment your babies are born, you love them more than you have loved anyone or anything in all the world. It's a love that is truly indescribable. But oh so incredible.
Now those boys are 4 and 2 and I don't think I was quite prepared for life with toddlers. While that love I talked about is amazing....I'm going to be brutally honest for a second..... they can quickly drive me BONKERS! I keep telling myself "one day I will miss this" but in the meantime I'm hoping to not lose my mind. Now in the next breath I am back to that amazing love because one walked up to me and gave me the sweetest unprompted kiss. Or one said to the other "common lets play". Or they make something for me out of dirt or pick me a flower. Watching them giggle uncontrollably while their playing with their daddy may just be the most beautiful sound in the world. They are learning to love each other and the friendship they are forming between them is such a joy to watch grow. They will be best friends forever (I hope) And I cannot imagine this crazy life without them.
And that brings me to this amazing hobby that turned into a career. I wanted to beautifully capture the lives of my boys and our family. But my curiosity has not subsided. I want to be using my camera every day! I want to always be learning something new, always getting better, always meeting new people who inspire me and lucky I'm enough that some of those people teach me. I have finally found something that brings me complete joy and I cannot imagine NOT doing it. Photography really is a beautiful creative outlet. And the fact that I am blessed enough to call it a career is pretty darn fantastic.
I love meeting new people and families. I love seeing the dynamic between the different families. I love watching them grow over the years. Or the young love between a newly engaged couple looking forward to their life ahead. I love the incredible connection a mom to be has with the baby in her growing belly. . I love capturing it all! I cannot wait to see where this amazing hobby that turned into a career takes me and my family. Hope in 20 years I am still photographing, but I also hope I am still intrigued by it all and that I am still learning new things. Life is beautiful that way....there is always something to learn.
Thanks for stopping by and reading through my ramblings. Maybe you learned something new about me or maybe you learned a lot. Either way, I look forward to getting to know you! Friends that become clients and clients that become friends. It's all wonderful!