Not sure I can remember many times I didn’t have a camera as an adult. It’s been a fantastic hobby at times, and a wonderful second career too. I’ve done some interesting things:
- I shot my first wedding with a borrowed Nikon camera; I had only used Canon up until then, and I had to learn (on the fly) where the controls were.
- I was the only photographer at my sister’s wedding.
- I did my first portrait session with my son, at home, with rented lights.
- I edited out a knee support tensor bandage on a bridesmaid for a full wedding shoot.
- I shot my first boudoir in a tiny bedroom, studio lights and all, with the client and their friend. I had to stand on chairs and dressers just to be able to shoot.
In the years I have been shooting, I have always enjoyed the process. There’s something that speaks to me when I get to use my camera. For many years it was landscape and animals; the last several years I have been much more immersed in the art of people photography. I especially enjoy the portraiture genres, such as boudoir and family photos. The excitement and joy that I get to witness when the client sees their photos and realizes how fantastic they look, or how strong and confident they are, is a privilege and honour. Seeing the transformation of a shy child into an outgoing actor before the lens can make my day. Images captured for future generations to pour over, for a private gift to a loved one, for the celebration of a lifetime achievement…these all matter to me and drive me to keep making them. After all, I do this
BECAUSE MEMORIES MATTER!!