It’ll never happen.
That was how I felt about being a professional photographer for years.
I didn’t even want to try.
“It’s just something I do for fun in my spare time” I’d always say. “I have no intention of ever doing this professionally full time”.
It may have taken a handful of years for me to convince myself otherwise, but we all end up where we are meant to be eventually, right? As unintentional as it may have been.
But why was I so afraid for so many years to admit the deep and unfaltering love I have for capturing breathtaking images? Why was I so afraid to step up and say “one day I want to be considered one of the best in the business”?
Have you ever been so involved, and worked so hard at something, something that you loved beyond words, and ended up resenting it? Hating it even? I have. And I absolutely did NOT want to kill another passion.
Fast forward a handful (ok fine, like 7) years. That passion I’d come to resent and thought I’d totally killed? Is now engrained in me stronger than ever. And my photography? I am so happy to say I’ve gained an insurmountable amount of experience and knowledge and have been shooting casually, but at a professional level, for 2 years now. I still have tons to learn and so much more experience to gain, but I am loving every second of it.
What changed my mind? Realizing that I am the one that gets to decide what I do, and what I enjoy in life. Nobody else gets to do that for me.
Something else that helped me change my mind? All of you. The kind words of encouragement, and the insane amount of support that has been sent my way over the last year have been a larger driving force than I could have ever imagined. And for that I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart.
I’ve also had some key professionals, photographers that I look up to, in my corner. Providing me with assistance and giving advice, and even passing gigs on to me along the way. Without these people I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today. Their kindness and willingness to share knowledge and experiences has made a huge difference in how I present myself as a photographer, and the level professionalism I strive to achieve.
It’s taken a little while for me to find my style and find my niche. And I am sure both will continue to evolve with each coming day. But I welcome every new day and with it every new challenge that comes my way. Being a horsewoman myself has aided significantly in my ability to capture horses on camera. Both in and out of the arena. Timing truly is everything. Whether you’re shooting show jumping, a cutting, or a “simple” portrait shoot, timing, knowledge, and experience with your subject matter is key. If you’ve ever struggled to hit the trigger at “THE” right moment at a cutting, get a horses ears forward, or get them looking a certain way, I’ve got an app for that! (But in all seriousness, I’ve got tricks in my bag to get us through these frustrating, awkward, time sensitive moments!)
What started out as a desire to ‘catch the action’ at equine sporting events, (who am I kidding, my sister wanted someone to take photos of her at her horse shows when we were younger, so she bought ‘fancy’ camera) has morphed into a thirst to capture all things Portrait and Western Lifestyle. I want to document your daily farm chores. I want to freeze your family in time taking portraits on your ranch homes front steps. I want to celebrate with you on your wedding day. I want to be your trusted go-to for equine events. I want to help promote your stallion during breeding season, and I want to aid in marketing your products or business all year round.
You won’t get treated like just another client when you chose to work with me. Whether you’re hiring me for a specific event or occasion, or just picking up a print from a cutting I recently shot, you will be treated like a friend. Every step of the way.