Today, photography is amazing! The ability to try again and again without giving it a second thought. Everywhere you turn, chances are you will see a mom with a nice camera. That's great! I love seeing others explore the world of photography. I encourage others to really learn how to use that camera to produce something that takes your breath away. It is harder than you think. You have to know every inch of your camera. It becomes a part of you. You see the world differently and there is no way to un-see it. Its kind of cool. This has only happened to me in the last year though. When I took the leap into the world of natural light photography. But first, I started out somewhere else and it was a journey I didn't even know I was taking.
I really took a dive into professional photography in 2011. I was hired on at a local portrait studio. I loved it! Everything just clicked (no pun intended). I was excited to go to work everyday. I became the assistant manager after a short time of working there and developed some great friendships with my coworkers. I thought I was going to work there till the day I died.
In the summer of 2012, I met my now husband. He had 2 sons, and I had 2 sons and 2 daughters. We fell in love of course and got married in the summer of 2013 joining together to become what others call "the modern day Brady bunch". Life got crazy. Learning to be one big family, moving, and settling into our new life. We decided to expand our family and became pregnant with our baby girl who was born on the anniversary of the day my husband and I met. Cool huh? We think so.
With all of those changes happening, it was time for me to give up my career with the studio and focus on my family. I stayed home with our kids and was able to be there when they needed me. With this many kids, that was often! But I was feeling like I was wasting my talents. I loved photography and every day that passed made me miss it. I knew I had to pick up a camera in order to feel alive but I wasn't sure how with the demands of the family.
I decided that I needed to be my own boss and set my own schedule. I knew that meant I needed to learn. When I worked at the studio, everything was set for me. Lighting was set, the camera was set, all I had to do was pose my subjects, get the right angle, and click. I was in for it with natural light. It is a new ball game but one I enjoy so much more. I bought books, watched videos, played and practiced with my camera...there were days that I got so frustrated and told myself this was never going to work. I wasn't going to start taking clients until I knew I could give them a quality image to cherish forever. I got back up again and again with the push of my husband. He believed in me. He would give a simple nudge and a little ego boost now and then and it was just enough to keep me going.
So...here I am today! I couldn't be happier with my life. I have an amazing bunch of kids, an amazing husband, amazing clients...life is beautiful! I think that every single day. LIFE is BEAUTIFUL! I want to show you how true that is. The best way I can do that, is through my images. Stopping time for a split second and capturing it inside the little piece of technology I hold in my hand.
I think there has always been a part of me that knew deep down inside, photography was going to be my thing. I remember as a child, I wanted a camera so bad! I begged my mom to get me one. I honestly don't remember why I wanted it or remember what it was that was calling me. I just knew I NEEDED that camera.
When I had my first son, I was given that camera. I used it everyday. Of course, 12 years ago, the technology was a little different. This was still the days of rolls of film that you had to take to the drug store and develop. Sometimes the photos were great, other times, not so much. There was no digital. If you clicked that button, that was it.
Photography is my thing. I live it, breath it, love it! Not a day passes without me learning something new. I'm always looking to better myself. I want my photos to speak without words. I want them to show the beauty in life. Producing images for my clients is my journey, not my destination.
Photo credit: Mandy Morraco photography