I want to share with you all why I became a photographer.
My previous career, starting at age 19, was in fine jewelry and I loved it! I was paid to travel all over the world meeting incredible artisans and jewelers, I went on extravagant buying trips, and sold the most rare and expensive jewelry. But the day-to-day was stressful. Retail is hard, and it’s even harden when you have a young child who needs you. I called it quits and took some time off to be a stay-at-home mom. Being a SAHM is stressful too, but for the best of reasons!
At that time, my husband owned his own business, and I came to work with him a few hours a week. I got a taste of self-employment and I knew I could never go back to working for someone else! The pride of ownership and flexibility was wonderful.
We later sold our business and took a 3 1/2 month cross-country road trip in an outfitted Sprinter van. Our kiddo and mini Aussie of course came along for the ride! We took to the open road and visited friends and family all over North America. It was quite an unforgettable experience!
Once back home, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do for employment, but I knew I didn’t want to work in retail. My husband and I agreed that I’d go back to work when our son entered kindergarten and I was dreading it!
Just by chance, a photographer friend invited me to help assist her on a maternity shoot. I instantly fell in love; the wonderful baby bump, the great outdoors, and outfit changes from one beautiful dress to another. It felt like a magazine photoshoot even though it was maternity, and I realized how fun and connected photography can feel! For years I had been photographing jewelry, but it never felt like this! This was fun, fast pace, and joyful! I realized I had been documenting my son’s childhood and enjoying it; I could photograph families and capture the love they share! And it all clicked into place...