I specifically remember a wedding that I photographed a few years ago that really made me realize how lucky I am to do what it is I do. Surrounded by love, laughter and even a horse, I knew I was in the right place.
As a child, I remember wanting so badly to have a friend with a camera so they could follow me around and take pictures of my life. Obviously, I thought my days of running barefoot through cow pastures and riding my bike to the park warranted documentation, but when I look at the bigger picture, I realize it meant so much more than that. I wanted to be able to look back on those little moments in my life and hold that memory, so vivid and colorful, in my hands.
I view the world around me as a series of photographs, frame by frame, unfolding slowly to tell even the smallest of stories. I've always been a people watcher, and as my craft developed, so did my ability to look for those moments that make up those stories. I'm very aware, and I'm always taking pictures. And when I don't have my camera on me, I'm taking them in my head.
I've always been appreciative about this gift I have, and I love having the ability to share it with anyone who wants me to. I think photographs have soul, and being able to create something that can evoke a certain emotion later in life is so important to me.
The best part about becoming a photographer? I've been able to teach my friends and family how to use their cameras, and now I get to be in the pictures, too!