One of the questions that I get very often is how did I get started in photography. My photography journey has been a long one and something that I always have had an interest in. I had sort of an interesting childhood since I had a father who is an oil painter. He originally worked doing interior design (traveling a lot) and when I was 11 quit his job to be home more with us and began painting full time. We attended tons of gallery openings, and shows growing up. On vacations there would always be something art related we would be running off to see (we went and saw the Van Gogh exhibit when I was like 9 or 10, I wish I knew how neat that was then.) We were constantly around art.
Once I hit high school my parents gave me my first film camera and I took classes through high school. Once I got into college I spent a couple years thinking I wanted to pursue a medical field and then eventually ended up back in art classes and graduated with my degree in Art and Visual communications with my emphasis in photography and design. It actually took me awhile until I became interested in portrait photography, most of what I did through high school and college was landscape mostly because I think that I didn’t realize I could take pictures of people and actually make money doing so. Also I was terrified of children, I never was much of a babysitter and I had zero idea what to do with them.
Upon graduation, I found a job working in a studio in Salt Lake for a year. It was there that my passion for children and babies began. I was doing 5-6 sessions daily, the majority of them being families and children. I learned quickly ways to work with them, differences between older children and younger ones, things that get real expression, ways to quickly pose little ones, and how to deal with totally uncooperative kids. It was very hard, but it was also good with how much I learned through trial and error that year. After a year working there I was completely burnt out. The 1300 or more sessions I had done had left me questioning my passion for photography. I left and took some time off.
About 9 months later I started back up again this time on my own terms with how many sessions I would take monthly. Over the past couple years I have done lots of different kinds of photography and babies, children, and their families have become the thing I love the most. My passion for this grew deeper after having my own kids and realizing how quick time goes and how fast they grow up. I love being able to document the important milestones kids have and preserving memories of them that are gone so fast.
Well you may have noticed, the website has undergone a major overhaul, as well as the logo. At first I was a bit hesitant to dive headfirst into such a big time consuming project. Websites are so much work, and essentially if I changed it I wanted a big change. And then there is also the problem I have that sometimes, I have a really hard time with change. But I took the plunge, and I am SO glad I decided to take this on, because I am very excited about how it turned out. I think it is the first time I have felt my brand really represents me. It can be so hard to set yourself apart from so many other talented photographers. That was the single most important thing I wanted from the time spent doing this. I wanted to set myself apart.
When I sat down and decided to quit my job and stay home with my baby a few years ago, I went back and forth on what in the world my company should be called. One night I was thinking about photography, and why it is important. I thought about how to me the whole purpose of photography is to tell someones story, and to document their life and those that are close to them. The name MyStoryisArt eventually came from that.
Your story, is art. It is unique, and unlike anyone else’s.
Something I have always hated are portfolio galleries. I always felt I have to limit myself to 15 or 20 images that best represent my work in hopes someone stays on my page long enough to get to the fourth or fifth image. I never felt like my work was very well shown because you as the viewer were not getting the entire story. You were not seeing all the components that can go into a session. All my sessions are different, because all of my clients are unique. I am trying to capture something different or important for each of them. And I want people that take time to come see my website see that I do not do the same thing for every single session. If only my portfolio section could show everything, lots and lots of people, and places…..
Out with the portfolio gallery, in with lots of photographs that you can see all at once. Make sure to go check out the stories in the menu above. I think it might be my favorite part of the new site. I hope yours might be the next one on there!
Four months!? Where did the time go. I have not been quite as on top of photos of the second child as I was with the first, but trying to make sure to get a session in with her every couple of months 🙂 Im realizing I still have not posted her newborn photos…. or some of the two of us from the hospital. I should get on that.
Sessions have winded down so I can take some time off for the next couple months as I wait for our new addition to get here. In the meantime I have been soaking up the moments with this gal. I love how simple life as a toddler is 🙂