Updated: Jun 5
I decided to start a blog as a way to document the mom side of being a photographer. I am not always the best with writing but hopefully y'all will be able to get to know me better. I am going to TRY to be as transparent as possible without going in to too much unnecessary detail.
I am 32, and have 4 beautiful children. They make my life "interesting". (The way you read that is up for your own interpretation.) They are incredibly smart, opinionated, & headstrong. They keep me on my toes, and sometimes like to play with my emotions. Just when they are about to send me over the edge they will come lay their sweet little heads on my shoulder, or giggle, or give me a slobbery kiss and it melts my heart. I am telling you they know EXACTLY what they are doing. Being their mother is probably the most difficult, yet rewarding thing I have ever done.
I love crafting, more specifically taking old things and putting a modern twist on them. At one point I wanted to get a degree in Interior Design but life had other plans and I didn't finish college. (one day soon I will go back) I love to draw, paint, and sew. I have loved taking pictures as long as I can remember. I basically love all types of art. I never really ever thought about seriously going into photography until my uncle who is a graphic designer kind of nudged me to consider it.
I started doing photography as a hobby back in 2008. I started out by offering a bunch of free sessions to start a portfolio. I had no clue what I was doing and have had to self teach along the way. I started to get more comfortable in what I was doing and got to the point I felt I was ready to start asking for payment for my photography. Then in 2011, I got divorced (we won't go into that). I found myself a single mother desperately trying to make it with 2 children. I had a lot of pride and did not like asking for help so I sold most of my photography gear and went to work full time so that I could provide a reliable income. I still had my camera and did a handful of weddings during that time.Several months later I started dating the man I am married to now and he was such a blessing and a Godsend in my life.
Over the course of the next five years he and I had 2 children together, got married, and now we have a happy blended family. We definitely have had a bunch of rough spots. Those 5 years were a test of my faith but also a testament that there are decent people out there.
In 2016 we were victims (I don't really like that word, because I don't like being a "victim") of the Great Flood down here in Louisiana. We lost everything. I lost my camera and pretty much any hope I had left of pursuing my photography as a career again. There were MANY people that pulled together to help us that we almost really didn't have to replace anything out of our own pockets. They were truly blessings in our life.
Whenever we got our tax return for 2017 my husband pushed me to buy another camera as well as a computer and software so I can start doing my photography again. I am slowly but surely gaining momentum and replacing everything I lost either from having to sell it or from the flood. I am very grateful to have someone that pushes me to go after my dreams and makes me want to be a better person. We also made the difficult decision for me to make a career change and be a Stay at Home Mom. It was weird getting used to doing that again, but I am so glad I did it so I could finally get to spend more time with my children.
So here we are today...
We have plans to turn our garage into a studio next spring. ( A dream of mine that had almost happened once before.)
I am finding that I love to do maternity sessions the most. I think there is something so beautiful and awe inspiring as bringing life into this world, and expectant moms just have this special beauty to them. I have so many things I want to try and learn. Right now I am just juggling being a mom, working on our new house, and pursuing my photography... and that's my story!