In the 2000's, a knack for taking pictures turned into a hobby that consumed more and more of my free time. It became clear that the photography bug had bitten me, and a lifelong appreciation for capturing life's moments was underway. In 2006, with the support of my family and countless hours of honing my personal "voice", I began Your Life Photography, hoping my unique "eye" would be something I could share with the world, or at the very least, Hampton Roads. The response surprised me, and for the next several years, I was honored to bear witness to truly special moments in the lives of amazing people. Many of whom turned from clients to friends. After seven happy and successful years of business, I had to step away. As a participant in weddings, reunions, and especially births, these moments made me think about how how quickly life goes by. I needed to focus on my truest and deepest love, my family. My husband and I planned to expand our family. My son was born in 2014 and his baby sister joined us two years later. Staying home and raising my last two, like I did my first two, was one of the best choices I've ever been gifted. During that time, my passion for photography has never stopped. I still shot when and where I could, keeping my skills from developing too much rust. I also carved out some time for passion projects and volunteered through NILMDTS, an infant bereavement photography service.
Today, my youngest is nearing school age and my free time is steadily growing. My calling is ringing louder and louder. Seven years of business, seven years away, and I am ready to start again.
However, I cannot go back to my old business name because I am not the same as I was when I first started it. My skills are better, my confidence is stronger, and my desire is infinite. I have continued to further my knowledge in the past two years to assure I would come back strong.
When people hire me to record their sacred and special moments, it's because they want me to share my talents, ever-growing photography skills, and years of experience. I have to personally stand behind whatever I deliver. I am not discarding my past work. I am proud of what I've done, mistakes and successes, because they have led me to where I am today. I have no intention of closing my old blog, https://yourlifephoto.blogspot.com, but going forward I will share these stories on this site, just click on the "BLOG" tab at the top of each page.
I am grateful to those of you who have supported me in so many different ways throughout the years. It has allowed me to pursue the things I love and feel passionate about, and for that I am thankful.
I am truly blessed and lucky in this life and I am ready to see where this new journey takes me.