Cheers to the morning!
As I celebrate my 21st birthday today, I find it only fair to spend some time giving a little bit more information about myself.
I asked my parents for a Canon XSi for Christmas the year I was 15. They responded by gifting me a Canon T1i, and ever since have never failed to support me in all of my photography endeavors. I swear, my mom shares every single one of my business Facebook posts - still. Even though I have purchased many newer, and more pricey cameras since that T1i, I will never forget how much that camera taught me.
I started shooting graduation photos for people who couldn't afford them. It was word of mouth for a few years, but it worked out well, and it helped a lot of people. I never imagined that I would be the owner/photographer of my own business before I turned 21, but sometimes if the shoe fits you dance in puddles while wearing them. It was a scary jump, but one I have yet to regret. I always thought that - though photographers definitely deserve their pay - it's unfortunate to those people who cannot afford the luxury that are beautiful photographs. So when I started Modern Memories, I wanted to make sure I kept my affordability theme, but never slacked on the professionalism. To this day, if a low income family approaches me, I always have a way to make it work. Always.
I grew up in Superior, attended SHS, and met my other half my very first semester at UWS. Looking back on it, I don't think I ever suspected that I would be engaged to him before turning 21 - but Joseph has been the biggest supporter and pushing force behind me. I'd ask, "Should I ____?" and he would respond with "JUST DO IT!" before I could even finish sometimes. I'm thankful for him and everything he does for me.
I'm a strong believer in empowering people, so I try to present that in the photographs I take. I had red, curly hair down to my shoulders, and one day I woke up feeling empowered and cut it all off. As crazy as it sounds, this was a life-changing experience for me. I realized I was in control, and that though this was a big change, I wasn't defined by my appearance. This was the moment that everything I did became about making others feel important and valued. Though I'm growing my hair back out, I will never forget the will that I gave myself by allowing myself to be in control.
My hope is for my clients to look at their photographs and feel represented - but also to feel strong, empowered, and confident in who they are. Each and every person I've met along in my adventures have been unique and fantastic in their own way. I hope they find that same presentation that I see in them, in their images. I don't think tears are overrated, as I've definitely left a wedding or two with a few wet spots on my camera bag (albums are the thing that REALLY get to me!).
I'm always open to answering questions! If you want to get to know me a little better, never be afraid to ask. I'm always honest and driven by integrity with all of my clients, and even my non-clients. The world is a better place with happy and genuine people.
So cheers to you my friend, my client, my follower. I hope to work with you soon! And hey, that thing you've been wanting to do? Do it. Because chances are, you won't regret it.