The moment I decided to become a photographer is not exactly a spot I can record by the ticking of the clock because it happened over time- maybe a few years or so of time. Let’s go back. I graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in Surface Pattern Design. I’ve always been drawn to the arts ever since I was a little girl and my mom threw away my markers for drawing on my bedspread. I decided to take NYC by storm(not really I was living at home and commuting on the train to save some money for one day moving on up and out) and the fashion district called my name. After working for 3 different companies over the course of 12 years I was worn out over the commute(now from much closer Hoboken) the big lights and bigger city not to mention that I never really created any artwork of my own- it was all just tweaking this or coping that or following the trends of what is already out there.
I needed a creative outlet and started getting more serious with photography in 2010.
Over the course of the next year I photographed a lot of my friends children since they were such cute, willing subjects and available to me. I read books and trolled online photography forums well into the night to learn all I could, I took a class at the Hoboken HS Continuing Ed and even completed an online photography course all to better myself with my camera and lens.
The family dynamic really stuck with me and I loved capturing that split second(and I mean 1/250 of a second here!) of time that you will want to remember in 30, 40, 50 years time. The way people interact with and love each other draws me to want to capture it for them in a memory on film(or digital) so they can see for themselves that they are loved. After being at my last company for a few years and doing photography part time on the side for 3 years I decided to make a leap. I was unhappy in my position at work and in life. I needed to create something that mattered to me. Fashion wasn’t for me. It was no longer my passion. Some think I was crazy to leave a steady high paying job for something that may or may not pan out. That was 6 years ago and I’m making it work. I am happy. I am a wife. I am a mom. I get to stay home with my daughter and watch her grow, take her on play dates and still have a creative outlet and a way to make a living. I get to hang out with fun, hip, cool families like yours and create something new with each and every one of you!
My family is why I do this and having a family of my own makes me yearn to create and preserve memories of your family at this season in your lives.
I know that no family is perfect so I strive to capture those in between moments that are individual to you and your loved ones – the imperfect ones – the moments with tongues sticking out, kids exploring and getting messy, tickles and bear hugs from dad, mom cuddling her 7 year old becuase he is her “baby” and she never wants to let him go. These images are my favorite because these are the times you want to look back on and remember 30 years from now – these are the times when you realize that your mom and dad truly love you – these are the moments that are all about your family and yours alone. And they are perfect to you.
Each family has their own uniqueness, let’s find yours!
If you would like more information on how to capture family life with your favorite people, send me an email and we can chat!