How I Started my Photography Journey

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It became a relational thing, how can I get the most genuine smiles, what can I say or do to help this person feel so incredibly comfortable in front of the camera in order to get those great candid shots.

Red Deer AB Canada Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

How I Started My Photography Journey

What sparked the inspiration

Unlike some photographers who always knew they loved taking pictures, I actually didn’t find my passion for photography until a little later in life. I mean, don’t get me wrong, as a teenager I loved a good selfy! But my true passion for capturing moments behind the lens didn’t being until my oldest son was a year old. My husband and him were playing at the park by our house, and as I watched them I just felt inspired! I wanted to remember the look on my sons face, and my husband playing and laughing with him. So I decided to whip out my phone and take some shots. Now, those first shots are not exactly what I would call “portfolio worthy” but every time I look at them I am so happy to have that moment to remember forever. I’ll never forget that day. I fell in love with capturing moments and I knew this was something I wanted to be able to give back to others in a big way. 

My first camera was borrowed

So fast forward a little ways, after taking pictures of anything and everything using only my iPhone 5 as a camera, I decided it was time to step up my game a notch. I called the only couple I knew who had a digital camera and asked if I could borrow it for a few hours. Now, being my amazing in laws they of course told me to keep it as long as I needed and told me if I ever needed people to photograph they were first on the list! This was so exciting for me! A real camera! I could actually see if I was any good on something other than a cell phone. So off I went learning all there was to know about how to use the settings on my new toy!

The learning process began!

After many many hours on YouTube and tutorials about how to pose your clients, and finding the best lighting, etc… I decided I was ready to try this bad boy out on real people, not just my poor willing family. So I called up a girlfriend of mine and we planned a girls night out solely for the purpose of taking pictures! We had so much fun and so many laughs! Photography became more to me than just simply point and shoot, and how can you get the best lighting, the best shot. It became a relational thing, how can I get the most genuine smiles, what can I say or do to help this person feel so incredibly comfortable in front of the camera in order to get those great candid shots. I was even more in love with this! I had to learn more!

Getting my own first camera

I was shooting as much as my free time would let me, and before I fell asleep at night, I was watching hours and hours of YouTube experts sharing all of their knowledge on photography! I read countless blogs about “How to grow your photography business,” and “Best camera settings for portrait photography,” or “How to find your editing style.” You name it, I was researching it! I knew my next purchase was going to be actually buying my own camera, But how? I didn’t have $700 kicking around for a good entry level digital camera. So being the blessed daughter in law that I was, I kept using my borrowed camera and lens until one day… My amazing family all pitched together to to buy me my first Nikon D5300 DSLR camera! I was in awe! Now, also being pregnant with my second at the time I of course burst into tears. I was so grateful and couldn’t wait to get started.

Finding my niche

While I was pregnant with my second son, I was still shooting anyone who would let me take photos of them! Family, friends, everyone! Pregnancy announcements, engagements, families and more! After shooting so many different styles of photography, I realized how much I loved photographing couples, and families. I knew I wanted to do Weddings and Engagement photography, but I also have such a passion for capturing the look on a little boys face when he’s running so fast he thinks he can fly! There is something so special about capturing families and kids and being able to watch them grow through the years. It is such an honour and truly makes me feel like part of the fam!

Falling in love with weddings

Shortly after I had my second son, one of my good friends was getting married! I asked her if she minded if I captured a few shots of her and her husband on their wedding day and of course she was more than okay with that! I got to work with her other photographers and find out a little bit more about the wedding photography industry. I was once again in AWE! I loved being able to capture such a special moment for her that she will remember forever!

My business took off!

After that day, things really took off for me! I was able to launch my photography business FULL TIME! I was booking sessions regularly, I had found my “style” and more importantly I had found something I truly truly loved! I never imagined I would be able to pursue my passion as a career but it is possible! So where ever your at, if there is something you love and you have an idea of where you want to take it, just go for it! It’s not going to be easy and I can’t tell you how many countless hours and sleepless nights I’ve poured into it, but every time I pick up my camera I am reminded of that first day in the park, watching my husband and my son and I am inspired all over again!

  1. It is truly wonderful when you find your creative niche! I’m so happy for you. That was a very well-written article!

  2. Sharon Jensen says:

    I think your touch on your craft shines through…every picture I see of yours are so amazing…from the backgrounds to the actual person…amazing…keep up the great art you are pursuing…

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