Since the day I was born, my parents always had a camera close-at-hand–for my birth, for all of my birthdays thereafter, for every school performance, for every family get-together. I am so blessed to have all of the important (along with some unremarkable) moments of my childhood captured on film forever. I can’t express how much I love that I can sift through worn albums or watch old videos, and re-live the times that helped make me who I am today. So, this is why I want to thank my parents, many times over, for being the inspiration behind my love for photography…by helping me understand the importance of freezing those precious moments in time–that go by all too quickly–with the blink of a shutter.
I made my first effort to really learn about photography shortly after my last little one arrived in 2003, by taking a photography class at the college near our home. I borrowed my Dad’s old, but solid and reliable, Nikon 35mm to get me through the class. It was a wonderful experience that taught me a lot of basics, including how to develop film. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to learn how to do it, but the experience also taught me how much I appreciate digital film. A couple of years later, I got my first DSLR camera. Soon after, my Dad, who happens to be a very talented bird/nature photographer (check out his site at www.dennisdavenportphotography.com), got me hooked on bird photography and I officially became a “bird nerd.” For a while, I made weekly trips to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge to soak up the peaceful environment and satisfy my cravings to see these beautiful creatures in the wild. My obsession with photography really kicked into high gear though after I purchased my first couple of professional level lenses from my Dad (a Canon 70-200 f/4 and, later, a Sigma 50-500 f/4-6.3). Once I discovered the truly amazing things you could produce with some high-end equipment and some practice, I was more passionate about photography than ever.
As time passed, I became busier and busier with “mom” duties on the home front, however, and I found myself unable to go out in the field to shoot birds (not literally shoot them…well, you know what I mean) as often as I had before. So, I had to find a way to practice photography on something other than wildlife. I found that it was much more rewarding (not to mention convenient) to practice my picture-taking skills on my very own little models at home and on my friends’ children whenever we’d be on outings or at parties. I quickly realized how much fulfillment and happiness I got from capturing the beauty of children just doing what they do best…playing, running, being kids. I also found that I love the different ways I can express myself creatively when I photograph people. My love for taking bird photos hasn’t diminished in the least…my heart has simply expanded to make room for the new love that I have of photographing children and families.
So, fast-forward a couple of years–after MANY discussions with my husband (where, together, we dreamed about turning my passion into a profession), buying a couple of new lenses, another camera body, some new lighting equipment, photographing my niece’s wedding, and receiving LOTS of encouragement and support from my friends and family to take the plunge–here I am…loving every moment of every frame I shoot, while hopefully, giving someone else a captured moment in time that THEY can treasure forever.
You can currently find me living (and loving) life with my wonderful husband, Scott, and our four beautiful children, in Gresham, Oregon. I can be reached at email@example.com. Thank you for taking a moment to visit with me.