I have read numerous blogging articles which say business owners should not only blog more often, but should also include personal posts, so readers can connect with the author. So, each Monday, I will post a little something about me. I figured sharing my journey as a photographer would be a great place to start! The following story can also be found on the “About me” section of my website. I hope you enjoy learning a little more about the girl behind the camera.
When I was a little girl, my parents bought me my first camera from a garage sale and I used up the entire roll of film taking picture of myself and the sky. In my teen years, I attended a church summer camp for one week. During that time, I used up 3-5 rolls of film taking photos of anything and everything. In high school, I took a film photography class and even had the opportunity to develop my own film…and I had the stained clothes to prove it! This is where all the photographers say, “thank goodness for digital photography.”
While in college, I bought my first digital camera and took a Photography 101 course at The Ohio State University where I received my bachelor’s degree in Science (completely different, I know). However, it wasn’t until my husband bought me a Nikon D3100 in the spring of 2013 (to use for travel) that I fell in love with the art of photography. We didn’t have much but we saved a lot to buy that camera and I couldn’t have been more excited.
That summer, one of my good friends allowed me to take a few practice photos of her. At this point, I was still just experimenting with a hobby I had always loved. The following summer, everything started to really fall into place. I did another practice session with a friend who simply wanted an updated profile picture but when the photos were posted on social media (gotta love Facebook), something amazing happened. SOMEONE ACTUALLY ASKED ME TO DO A PHOTOSHOOT!!! This was a big moment in my life.
Joyful Moments Photography officially started the following February after I photographed my first wedding and more people began asking for photo sessions. The dream I had to start a non-profit photography business was now a reality and I couldn’t have been happier.
Thank you to all my family and friends for the loving support you have shown. None of this ever would have happened if it weren’t for you. Another huge thank you to The First Apostolic Church of Dublin for allowing me to have this business as a ministry of the church.
I hope you enjoyed getting to know me. I would love an opportunity to meet you!