Some say I took the plunge, the big leap, the jump. In my words I say, I took flight. Over the years I have felt like a little baby bird learning to fly and finally had enough courage to spread my wings and fly. Let me tell you….now being a full time photographer is one of the best things in my life, beside marrying my husband I have had a passion for art and photography way before now just never really knew what I wanted to do. Until about 5 years ago I hadn’t really thought about it. I was a happy newly wed working at a title company from 8-5, 40 hours a week. Sitting inside at a desk…well… is not my cup of tea. Before then I worked on a horse ranch for four years, mucking stalls, cleaning tack, feeding, and riding horses (I look back….and that was the life being outside rain, snow, or shine). Times change…so back to working 8-5…Ryan’s dad had bought a camera for their company to take photos of their products. He brought it home one day. I played around snapping photos here and there mainly of our cats. I didn’t know what I was doing (shooting on green mode of course) but I really enjoyed it. When I was younger I was always taking photos, making my friends model with my horses, making my horses model and snapping away. Well that little girl emerged again. One night we were outside messing with the sprinkler system and saw a huge moth flying around (I have a love for insects too….I will go into that another time). I quickly ran inside grabbed the camera and ran outside shooting this mammoth moth. It was like a dance, he would fly to the left I would go to the right, he would fly down I went up, snapping away (yes, in green mode..remember I don’t know how to use it). It flew away within a couple of minutes. I went inside to look at what I got. I was surprised I captured it in mid flight in pure darkness. That night changed me forever. I wanted to know how to use this black box the right way…not just guessing and hoping I got the shot. Make a long story short because I could go on for hours. I bought books, learned from Ryan’s GrandDad that is a photographer (he has helped me a lot), went a workshop by Ashley Ann Campbell, and learned by a lot of trial and error.
Point of my story is…..five and a half years later my dream of being a photographer has come to life. This is my third year photographing weddings and yes I still take photos of insects whenever I can. If you want to know how I made this dream a reality..this is how…
“Dream and one day it will become your destiny” – Brittney Ashton Davis
This photo was taken this past July in Destin, FL. Ryan and I celebrated our five year wedding anniversary!