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I had always valued photography as art. When my little boy,Creighton, was born, we had family photos taken by a professional. She was fabulous! She was expensive, but I didn't care because I wanted the memories captured, no matter the price. After dropping an obscene amount of money with her, I decided to go a cheaper route and go to the Picture People at the mall. The pictures captured personality (if we got the right photographer) and they had decent framing options. The upselling process at Picture People is brilliant. They make these HUGE prints for you to see and they shred them if you don't buy them. Really? I had to get the giant 10x20 of my little girl for my husband's Christmas gift. So of course... I had to return a few weeks later and get one of my little boy in a 10x20 frame to match. I am a sucker. We went back a few more times and got some family pictures taken there because it was so affordable. The next summer I got my camera and found my passion. I also realized that I could take my own pictures and just pop them in the back of the marvelous frames I paid for from Picture People and I would have new artwork all the time!
How old are your children?
My daughter, Campbell, is 5. We actually share a birthday :). And my son, Creighton, is 3.
Who likes getting their picture taken more? Your daughter or your son?
Honestly, they are both pretty good for me. My daughter is a bit of a poser. She likes to "model" for me. Little man says "Cheese" and makes this horrible face, however, when I tell him just to stare into my camera I get the shots I'm looking for. They both ask me to take pictures of them when I haven't in a while. I'm pretty lucky!
What do they do when they are sick of the camera?
When they get tired of my camera, they just stop looking at it. Sessions with my kids are short and frequent.
What was the hardest camera concept for you to learn?
The hardest camera concept for me to learn is still metering. I am on spot metering 99% of the time, because I meter for the skin and people are my main subjects. If I ever go out to capture a sunset or something, I change it up.
How long have you been married?
I will have been married for 6 years in November. I love being married. My husband is amazing. It will be nice to have him home this year for our anniversary!
How do you enjoy being a military wife?
Being a military wife is great. I love to move to new parts of the country every 2-3 years. I love knowing that my husband is fighting for our country. I am proud of what he does and have found a new respect for the United States. I also love the other women that become family during the deployments. Don't get me wrong, it's not an easy life, but I wouldn't change anything about it.
What has been your favorite home location so far?
Currently we are stationed at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, GA. This is my FAVORITE by far! I love living this close to the coast.
Do you anticipate a lot of moves in your future?
We have another 9 years of service until he can retire, so we'll have at least 3 more moves.
How often do you send your husband pictures while he is overseas?
I had grand plans when he deployed. I made him a private blog so he could see his little boy potty training and his little girl eating her breakfast.... it lasted about 3 months of everyday blogging until he told me that he didn't have access to anything other than the military web. Boo! I email him photos now and then and I send him 5x5 spiral bound proof books with 3 months worth of photos so he's held over a little bit. I also got him an ipod for Christmas and loaded it up with photos to put on his laptop.
How long ago did you start your business?
I started my business in June of 2009.
How hard was it for you to take the plunge and start?
The hardest part of starting for me was having the confidence that my work was worthy. I knew I loved pictures of my own kids, but would other people see the value in what I was doing.
What makes your pictures a little more special than the Picture People? Why should someone pick you over them?
Ha! Is this a trick question? I have worked endlessly to understand photography, the inner workings of my camera, light, and photoshop. I am valuable if you value artistic photography! I can't look at my Picture People photos now without cringing. Natural light is my personal preference, so if studio is what someone wants, I am not right for them. I tell everyone to examine my blog and website before booking with me because they get what they see.
Any advice for newbies- or even oldbies? : )
I think what I would offer to anyone who is just starting out in photography is be true to yourself and your style. I can look at other people's work all day long and try to tweak mine to be more like theirs, but it's not me. I don't see what "my style" is, but other people do and that is good. So, enjoy other photographer's style, but have your own.
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