I recently took one of those silly, online surveys to find out what "my secret sauce" was. I was surprised by the result: it claims I'm a visionary. Who believes those things anyway? So I read through the description thinking it might be so vague that it'd fit anyone... ya know, like your horoscope or an old pair of sweatpants.
But I agreed with most of what it said: I'm "an artist, a visionary, someone who pays attention to detail" and I "bring the raw beautiful presence of reality to life." Now that's a description I stand behind... and it's way better than a horoscope!
The truth is, I spend my days like most moms: juggling vision and passion with car pooling, dinner and after school activities. I struggle to balance it all. It's the joy I find in serving my clients and the insatiable pursuit of beauty that gets me out of bed in the morning. I didn't choose this profession, it chose me...
My favorite times of day have always been the rosy glow of evening and the crisp brightness of early morning. I see life as though I'm constantly looking through a viewfinder. I'm sure it annoys my friends and family. I can't count how many times I've said (or thought to myself), "OH! What a great shot. I wish I had my camera..."
I’m a wife, a mom, a daughter, a teacher – the list goes on. I love to reading, baking, and bike rides. I’d like to add “gardening” to this list, but I don't think pulling weeds should count as a hobby. Although I love hiking in the mountains, the beach is my happy place. I love everything about it: the surf, the sand, the sun. Oh, joy!
If I could have more hours in my day, I'd spend them reading. I'm hoping reading is something I can do when I get to heaven. Has any theologian ever tackled that question? "Will we have the opportunitoy to read in heaven?" I hope so! I usually steal a few minutes here and there during the day to flip a few pages. Currently, I have a historical fiction stashed on my night stand, on the baker's rack in the kitchen is a business book and the book tucked in the door pocket of my car is about managing the digital distractions in my life. There are few more waiting their turn in a stack by the back door. Did I mention the reading list on my phone?
I also teach Digital Photography to high school students. It is a privilege and a pleasure! It's also a small way to give back to my community. My hope is to instill in my students an appreciation for great photography AND the desire to bless others with their own great photographs.
As any teacher will tell you, there are golden moments that stand out; giving you a glimpse into the lives of your students. Those moments are the reason I do what I do; why I teach. Read more about it here in my blog post.
But I already know everything about me, I’d rather know about you... everyone has a story; I want to hear yours!