They say your whole life is laid out, and each step, you are clearing the path and leading you to where you are supposed to be – I believe this is my path. I didn’t just wake up and say “Let’s do photography”- everything I have done, or been exposed to has pointed me in this direction. I knew I had to follow my passion, whether or not I became successful, at least I would be happy.
As a little girl, I always remember wanting my dad to film me or take photos of me. I’d jump in front of my sister, (so I had the lime light) and say “Dad, look at me! Take another one!” and flash my toothless smile at the camera. I guess you could say I’ve always had a love affair with the camera.
The tables turned when I got a bit older, and instead of being in the photo, I wanted to be the one taking the photo (much to my mom’s dismay as I went through reels and reels of film of decidely pointless things) Arranging Barbie dolls had to be my favourite thing to take a photo of – and of course, Ken doll was always placed by Barbie’s side kissing her. Could you say this was my first mini couple shoot?! ;)
It was a natural progression for me to study Fine Art and major in my first love, Photography.
I’ve always LOVED art – being able to take your mind off everything and get lost in your creativity. This is much like photographing moments & people, you get lost in the now and the moment & your creativity can flow freely.
2009 was when my life took this turn – I got my first DSLR & started to assist other wedding photographers.
2010 was the year I decided to follow my dream. I had shot a lot of portrait sessions, family shoots, and some weddings as a second photographer, and then it was time I shot my first wedding alone. It was terrifying and exhilirating all at the same time – but I was hooked.
I jumped off the edge of the cliff & followed my passion to be a professional photographer, and have not looked back once.
I have a lot of people in my life, who have, along the way, inspired me, taught me, pushed me to be where I am today and many are still teaching me, inspiring me and pushing me. Photography takes me out of my comfort zone, and each client that books me, pushes me to do better. I still get nervous before a photo shoot, but I look at that as a good thing, as it means I want to do my best, because I care so much about their precious memories.
I am blessed with a husband, a beautiful little daughter, and two little doggies. Being a working mom is not always the easiest job, but she has changed my world for the better and I consider myself one of the lucky ones that I can do what I love and still spend time with my daughter.
Over the years, I have photographed many weddings, and it morphed into those same clients coming back to me for their family portraits and again and again each year. One of my clients once told me that I am interwoven into their family memories, as they have all their photos from the years displayed around their house and in family photo albums, and this completely wowed me and humbled me that what I am doing, is not just a job, but I am capturing memories that will truly transcend into the future for family generations to enjoy.
(Photo Credit: Melanie Wessels)