I bought my first DSLR camera in 2012. I had no idea at the time that the hobby would turn into an intense passion.
When I was in high school, I found my dad’s old Canon film camera in the back of our junk closest and that’s where my love affair started. I can’t tell you how many photos I took of my cat pawing around in the beautiful pink azaleas we had in our backyard. SO. MANY. CAT. PHOTOS.
When we had Ben and he got sick I was forced to resign from my teaching job so I could care for him 24/7. I knew that his time may be limited with us, so with the little money I had in my savings account I bought a used Nikon D90 from Ebay and a 50mm 1.8 Nikon lens that was archaic. With nothing else to do but watch over my sick baby, I became obsessed with learning everything I could about my camera and how to use it. It was a welcomed distraction from the frightening reality that we existed in at the time.
We moved to DFW when Ben was about eighteen months old so we could be closer to his doctors. We lived in an apartment complex that partnered with a nonprofit that helped families awaiting transplant, so there were a lot of families like ours around the complex. I started taking pictures of other transplant kiddos and that caused a rippling effect. Flash forward to 2017 and I was making as much money photographing families, weddings, and everything in between as I did teaching. More than the money, I loved what I was doing. There is something about hustling for yourself and being an entrepreneur that is exhilarating. Both of my parents are entrepreneurs, so I come by this honestly.
My skill and style have grown and changed throughout the years. I used to try so hard to mimic the styles of other photographers who’s work I loved. I was in a constant state of disappointment because I could never make them look the same. Eventually, my own style emerged through a lot of trial and error.
I think that’s what art is suppose to be. Trial and error. Reinventing ourselves and being vulnerable enough to not fall into the same pattern or style because it works or makes you money.
Photographing babies and kids has always been my favorite, but I have been so scared about turning any work away that I have photographed any and everything for seven years. While I love weddings and seniors are fun, babies and kids will always have my heart.
Moving back to Oklahoma has been difficult for my business, but it has given me time to reflect and reevaluate what I want to spend my time doing. I have always been envious of photographers who have a “niche". I realized that babies and kids ARE my “niche.” The more I turned this over in my mind, the more I wanted to expand on how I can photograph these little people.
Starting this summer, I start offering posed newborn sessions in my home studio, milestone and cake smashes in studio, along with the traditional families lifestyle sessions I’ve always done. I still love doing lifestyle work!! I am excited to offer both soon though.
So, here’s to changing and growing within our artistry. Here’s to not being scared to do something different. Here’s to not letting what other people think you should do form the box we put ourselves in. Here’s to existing outside of the box. :)
Enjoy these photos of sweet Oaklynn at 12 days old. She was our model baby for my mentor session with Full Feather Photography. I am so thankful to Tara Cope for her guidance as I move towards expanding my services.