Now when I say that being a mom and a photographer is what I have always wanted, I’m sure you are thinking, that was probably something I decided in high school, maybe even in collage, right? Yeah, no! When I was a little girl, like…. 5 or 6… I would gather all of my baby dolls, line them up on the couch and get my parents camera and take their pictures. I would have my parents hold the dolls and take their “family pictures”. I remember getting my pink 110 mm camera for Christmas when I was in 2nd grade, and yes I was the girl that took the camera to field day in elementary school. When I think about this now, it is absolutely HILARIOUS!!! Going on to middle school and high school, I still had my camera with me as much as I could. I took the school photography class, was in year book, had the front page photo in the year books. Anyways, you get the point. It was always what I wanted to do, but I had never met someone that made a living as a photographer. To me, saying you wanted to be a photographer, was like saying you wanted to be an Astronaut. Neither of which was really going to happen. I went on to college (which I hated and dropped out of) had some office jobs, became a Realtor, that wasn’t my thing. Went back to office jobs, etc etc. When my daughter was 11 months old, I got laid off. SERIOUSLY??? What in the hell were we going to do now? I took that time to step back, realize that if I was ever going to do what I actually wanted to do then now was the time. I spent every waking hour reading, googling, being on forums (facebook groups weren’t a thing back then, youtube videos weren’t huge either), and taught myself photography. I eventually met people in the industry that helped me along the way.
Now, here I am, 10 years in, and a national award winning portrait photographer. I am currently in my 4th studio which is located on historic Frankfort Ave in the amazing Crescent Hill Neighborhood of Louisville, Ky.