One of my all time favorite questions people ask me when they find out that I’m a photographer is, “Why do you love photography? What made you start?”
For me there is no ‘one right answer’ but there are about a hundred reasons! This is where my “Why, How, What” blog series idea came in and I can’t wait to share it with you! For the next few months you’ll see me post weekly about WHY I love photography, HOW I run my business behind the scenes, and WHAT I do on a day-to-day basis as a natural light wedding and portrait photographer.
This week I’ll be introducing the “Why, How, and What series” with one of my biggest WHY reasons I started photography: to capture moments in time and virtually become a time machine. That’s right! I said I love being a virtual time machine! I mean seriously, think about it…if you wanted to see what your parents or grandparents were like when they were your age you would have to look at old photos or video! I believe it’s my calling to capture these moments for you in time with loved ones and I’m so excited you’re on this journey with me!
Like quicksand I’m going to bring you into my story fast and deep. There are many reasons why I love photography but this one sticks out the most: capturing moments in time.
When I was 17 years old my Mawmaw was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. She passed away 7 weeks after her diagnosis and I knew her and my Pawpaw’s backyard gardentopia wouldn’t look or feel the same after she was gone. As a junior in high school I had just finished my first semester of photography class and was working on a panoramic project. My last visit to see her I knew I needed to capture this place in time before it all changed…insert these photos below that hang on my office door.
The middle is a full 360 of their backyard where my grandparents harvested their own vegetables since 1950, had hundreds of crawfish boils, and watched their grandkids grow up. The bottom left is a full view of their greenhouse shed, and the top right is the view from the second floor game room. I’d give anything to have her back with us, but it brings me so much joy to look at these pictures I took 10+ years ago and remember all the good times.
This is why I love photography; I thrive when capturing true, joyful, and intimate moments in time. I shoot my best work when I’m taking photos that can never be recreated, it’s such an honor and responsibility that I don’t take lightly. Friends who have seen me photograph in action say that I just go into my own little world and that my eyes move from one intricate detail to the next in this crazy fast/weird way and I think that’s the best compliment I could ever receive! There is an artistic and specific purpose behind all of my photos and I’m so excited that you’re on this journey with me! To view more of my recent work click here.
If you’ve read this far please know that I appreciate you and it means the world to me that you’re reading my story! Without your love and support I wouldn’t be able to make my dream of being a full time wedding and portrait photography a reality! Now it’s time to hear from you – what’s something that you love and want people to know about you? Leave a note in the comments below and stay tuned for more reasons as to Why I Love Photography! 😀
P.S. How cool is my Mawmaw’s old film camera? It is one of my most prized possessions my Pawpaw gave me when she passed away because he knew how much I loved photography. This camera has been around the world and I love that not only do I share the same middle name as my Mawmaw, Louise, but I have that same eye for photography like her as well 🙂 Thanks for following along!
P.S.S. Below is my first ever film camera I got when I was about 10 years old. This was my first teacher of patience LOL having to wait for prints to develop from film seemed like an eternity at that age! Stay tuned for next Thursday as I release my “Why I Love Photography Series No. 2” Blog Post 😀