In relation to my photography, one day stands out to me above all others- the day my passion was ignited. I was leaving Prospect Park in Brooklyn with my three children (no, not on the ritzy end!) and we stopped to look at a bed of red tulips that beckoned us. I adore tulips and they were a novelty to me as they did not grow readily in the climate of my childhood. I immediately noticed a tulip that was not only red- it was also half yellow. I had never seen such a thing! My older two children begged me to take a picture. I said no at first because, well, I didn’t want to look like a tourist. ~smile~ But, they were insistent and I finally relented. That photograph, though not perfect nor even composed well, found its way into a frame rather quickly and today hangs in my kitchen. It was at that point that the mundane ritual of recording our family’s daily events took a turn towards the passionate. I now recognize it as my defining moment. More recent examples can be found here.
Just weeks before our fourth child was born I was the happy recipient of a Kodak point-and-shoot digital camera. I’m not sure who was the happiest- myself or my husband. I was excited about being able to see photos almost instantaneously rather than waiting a week to have them developed. My husband? I think he was the happiest that the film developing costs came to a screeching halt! I moved up to a DSLR several years ago and still get excited anytime it’s in my hand.
For me, photography is a way of connecting- to others, to life, to a moment in time. It is my passion, but it is also my quest. I take the job of being a photographer seriously.
The joy, my joy, is in the journey.
I look forward to helping you record your unique family memories. :)