So maybe you’re a little bit curious about who this photo person is. I’ll keep it short and sweet!
I have always loved this portrait of my paternal grandparents, John and Iris Ward. I believe the photo was taken in 1948, but I couldn’t tell you who took it.
This photo means more to me than I could ever express in words. I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without the love and wisdom of my sweet grandmother, and I only wish I had more photos of her and my grandfather.
My hope for every person I photograph is that one day, years from today, your family will look at your photos and feel the love in their hearts for you that I feel for my Grammy and Grandpa. That pretty much sums up why I do what I do, and why I absolutely love taking photographs.
I was 11 when I got my first camera, and it looked something like this:
It was my birthday, and you’d better believe I was excited to receive such an extravagant gift! I remember loading my precious pepto-bismol pink camera with the 110 film cartridge it came with and eagerly attempting to snap my first photo. Long story short, it broke—on the first click. I never got a single photo out of this thing. My photography journey had begun, and ended, in that moment.
SPOILER ALERT: I eventually got another camera and learned to take awesome photos! ;)
Once I got my hands on my first DSLR camera, that was it for me. Game over. No more social life, only hours and hours of reading and tutorials and workshops and more reading and practicing and failing and practicing some more. I’ve come a long way, and I’m still obsessed, years later, with capturing life’s best days and greatest moments—and I cannot WAIT to do that for you!