I’ve loved photography since I was a little girl. I get it from my dad. I grew up with my dad taking pictures of my siblings and I all the time on black and white film. We had a dark room at our house and I would go in there and develop the film with him. We would make hot cocoa and he would teach me how to enlarge the negatives onto photo paper, what each bath was for and about how much time to let the prints develop. I loved it. I loved taking my own pictures as well and would borrow my dad’s old 35mm Nikon whenever he would let me. As I got older and my dad got involved into his new career as a math teacher there wasn’t a lot of time for developing film and it fell to the wayside. After I had my first child, Roxy, I got back into taking pictures, but I just used a cheap digital camera. It helped me to rediscover my passion for photography.
My dad had bought a DSLR and in 2008 I started to borrow it and joined a group on Cafemom and taught myself how to shoot in manual and started to develop a personal style. I also got really into doing self portraits. I wanted to be creative and didn’t have any models except for Roxy and she wasn’t always a willing participant in my quest for photographic awesomeness. Here I am 4 years later and I can say that I am happy with how far I have come in my photography. I still have a lot I want to learn and I try to take every opportunity I can to keep trying to perfect my art. Not everyone likes what I do, especially with my self portraits, but I love it and that is all that matters.