Photography is something I have loved for as long as I can remember. I believe I had my first "camera" when I was about 3 years old. I remember walking all over the house with my Fisher Price Instamatic and saying "chiccup" to make the shutter click sound. I was obsessed, even then.
In High School, I was the one that always brought their camera to the football games, the dance, the class trip, etc. I was always making people turn and look and say "cheese". Often times I would try to get someone when they weren't expecting it and was always pleasantly surprised with the result. Candids were so much more fun.
After High School I got swept up in hi-tech where I was introduced to the wonderful world of Photoshop and all it had to offer. I started mucking around with photos and seeing what was possible. I remember in the early 90's getting a CD of digital images from some film I shot. It was amazing to have those images on my computer!!
My husband and I were married in 2001. I found my dream photographer through a friend and I chose my wedding date around when he was available. That is how important my wedding photos were to me. I struck up a friendship with our wedding photographer, Todd Rafalovich, who graciously took me under his wing and allowed me to watch him work, learn from him and even assist on a couple of weddings. This reignited my passion for photography.
Fast-forward to 2007 and the birth of our son. My focus for photography shifted. Instead of scenery and architecture, my favorite subject became this gorgeous little miracle I couldn't get enough of. My library of images was overtaken with portraits of my little dude. My passion for capturing these fleeting moments in time was set ablaze. They change so quickly. I didn't want to miss a thing.
Then in 2009 I had the privilege to informally shoot the wedding of my brother-in-law and his wife. After their wedding, strangers came out of the woodwork saying, "You really need to do this as a career. You have a gift here."
I decided to listen and see what would happen...
I love people. I love taking pictures. What a happy union this is.
... photo credit, tracey morris photography ...