Truth be told, I completely fail when it comes to writing, which is a good reason why I am a photographer and not a writer. Words tend to fail me, but I’ll do my best to explain who I am without going into boring, useless details..
I am in my early 30s, a wife, a mother of three, a daughter and a best friend amongst other titles. I grew up in Brick NJ, and graduated high school in 2001. I was married to my husband literally less that a year after my HS graduation, and then moved to VA with my husband, for 2 years. That is where we began our family, getting pregnant with our first child 6 months after we said “I do”.
It was back then, in 2003, I would take my infant daughter and photograph her to no end. Actually, my days of photography started before that, but it was at this time that I really found the enjoyment and art in it. Rolls and rolls of film, make shift “sets” and “backdrops” which I would sacrifice my poor daughter to be my model. Sometimes my little Pekingese would become my subject if my daughter was not available. If there was an option to leave the area and travel to a new place, I’d be sure to have my camera and capture all the new areas we had explored. I spent my days taking pictures of everything and I have the hard drives and negatives to prove it.
Being totally honest I wasn’t committed to just photography. I have always had an artistic inclination and have made my rounds through sketch pads, canvas’s, paints, sewing machines, and even baking. I simply love being able to express myself through art of any form and thrive off of creativity.
As our family grew (two boys after our daughter) I continued to devote my entire life to raising our three children. Yes, this means I did not work and I wanted it to be that way. Raising my children was my biggest priority and will always be my biggest success. It wasn’t until the year prior to my youngest son attending kindergarten that I knew I had to decide on a career path because my days of staying home, feeding babies and changing diapers had come to an end. I was not a person who was born to be a “9-5er”, sitting in a cubicle doing paperwork. I needed to find something that would allow me to be creative, have fun, all while having a serious, lucrative career. It didn’t take long for me to know exactly what I wanted to do with my life.
Surely, I couldn’t just go buy a new camera and open a facebook page, claiming to be a photographer; “Fly by night” was not my idea of success. Together in 2013, my husband and I began to open my first photography business, What The Flash Photography. I began to photograph families and Weddings within New Jersey. He spent countless hours building my site, registering my business with the state, while I read books upon books on photography really learning the art and craft. Enough so that I could actually charge people for my services. I began signing up for local classes and workshops to help absorb as much as possible. In the process of all this we moved and that put things on hold. There was a point, once settled in our new home that I wasn’t too sure if I could do this. I was honestly scared to death of failure, especially with the plethora of other photographers in my area. Friends stuck by my side and inspired me, my husband had a major hand in motivating me to take on this new endeavor and all of that support helped push me to where I am today.