I was a late bloomer to photography. I didn’t think of making this a career until the age of 20. Photography was always an interest of mine in hindsight. So it’s difficult to comprehend why I never thought of my joy for photography as something more. Like I said, a late bloomer.
My first job was in a restaurant as a dishwasher and later I became a cook. Since I enjoyed cooking so much I thought of that as something that I wanted to do with my life. After 4 ½ years of cooking I started getting a little “burnt out” and frustrated with the industry. I wanted to stop cooking but I didn’t know what else I wanted to do. My last position as cook was at a cruise line and the most important thing that I packed for my trip was my first NICE camera (no SLR, just a nice point and shoot).
During our training for the cruise line I would take pictures of my co-workers during the exercises and our days out together. The complements were overwhelming and there was something that just felt right about taking those pictures. Since I had expressed my frustration with the restaurant industry to my co-workers, the best advice I received was from a girl (I know, I know). She said to me, “I tried taking pictures but I never had the ‘eye’ for it like you do. You’re pretty good and maybe you should think about getting a job as a photographer when we get off the boat.” So, once I got off the boat I decided to be done with cooking and pursue photography.
My first position was as an in-home baby and newborn photographer. There was no experience required since they had their set camera settings and poses, but that’s how it all started.
Naturally, baby and newborn photography is what I enjoy the most about photography. I offer maternity, family, senior pictures, and wedding photography, but babies really make my day. Who doesn’t like babies?! Portrait photography in general is what I really enjoy. And when I take a break from portrait work, I savor the moments when I capture candid photos during family portraits and weddings.
When I moved to Denver Colorado there wasn’t an extension to the company in California out here. So I started working at a warehouse because I needed the money. After a year and a half I decided to quit and start my own photography business. It wasn’t easy. I have learned so much along the way and I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs. I have grown along with my portfolio but there is still plenty of room for improvement.
It was worth the wait. I am enjoying every minute of it.