I have loved taking photos for as long as I can remember. I spent weekends when I was a kid having makeovers and photo shoots with my best friend. I took photos of my toys. I took photos of my pets and the kids I babysat. I took photos of completely random things. Then in 2000, when I was 19 and just didn't know what I wanted to do with my life, I took a photography class at a community college. That's when I fell in love with the art of photography. I learned how to take photos with manual exposure and manual focus and how to develop the film and print in a darkroom. I wouldn't trade that experience for the world! It was like magic, just putting a plain piece of paper in the developer bath and watching the image appear. I've switched to digital since then, so now I work in photoshop instead of a darkroom, but it still feels magical to me.
Since then, I married my high school sweetheart and had 4 awesome kids, and although my love of photography didn't start when I became a mom, as it does for so many, being a mom changes the way I see everything. Fleeting moments and little details seem so much more important and beautiful now.
My goal as a photographer is not to just take "pretty pictures", it's to create amazing images that tell beautiful stories. I don't want to show what you look like...I want to show who you are.
I'd love to hear from you, whether you're ready to schedule a session, or just want to say hi - you can contact me, like me on facebook, or follow me on twitter.
(photos of my and my family on this page by Julie Lawson Photography)