A Paris, TX Photographer
As the mother of three and the oldest of eight kids I understand the stress a mother goes through when she thinks about having family photos made. Will my kids behave? Will the photographer hate us? How will we get everyone to smile at once?
For years I have offered my services as a ministry to my friends who have multiple children because I know that they and their kids will be more comfortable with me than a stranger and because years of being a big sister and now a mom have helped me to develop some patience in this area.
I absolutely love when I can hand a mother a gallery of beautiful shots of her family. And the same goes for newly engaged couples, soon-to-be parents, and excited graduates. There is just something about helping to capture these moments that makes my heart swell with pride.
Where it All Started…
I got my first 110 camera when I was around eleven and I have been photographing people, animals, and landscapes ever since. Of course, I graduated to a 35mm, had a short stint with a polaroid, and then jumped on the first half-megapixel digital camera on the market. It’s been a journey since then and I’m currently shooting with a Canon Rebel DSLR that I just love!
I shoot mostly in manual, preferring to set my shutter speeds and aperture myself rather than relying on the camera’s automatic settings. I also tend to frame my shots in-camera whereas a lot of photographers shoot now, crop later. This doesn’t make me better, just different. I think that being able to “see” the shot I’m aiming for has helped me to capture some really beautiful shots without a whole lot of training.
I do very little editing of my photos. I may adjust some lighting if the natural lighting wasn’t just right, or I may need to tweak a few colors if the surroundings influenced the true colors of my subject, but you will not find presets or filters being used in my photography.
I am not a professional. I have taken a total of one photography course that helped me to learn about my new camera and have been blessed to have talented friends who have given me tips over the years.
Fun Personal Facts
- Homeschooling Mom of 3
- Work from Home WordPress Web Developer
- Automotive Journalist
- 1st Degree Black Belt, Songham Taekwondo
- Blue Belt – Krav Maga
- Skip Barber Racing School Graduate
- Cake Decorator