Something about building online “galleries”…

Something about building online “galleries” of my work always leaves me a bit weepy…nostalgic…and left thanking my mother over and over again for the gift she left me when she passed away.
Money to go out and by my first dSLR camera.
God bless her.  She left me a career, a passion and a legacy.
And yes, it kills me that she never even got to watch.
Never got to even meet Haley and Lucas…the list of “never got to see” is very very long actually.
There are no promises of time you guys.

Somewhere in between her death and picking that camera up I had learned the importance of taking pictures.
She left behind precious few images of herself.  I have…maybe two?  One is her taking the trash out.
Why I took a picture of her taking the trash out…only 15 year old me knows that answer.
43 year old me doesn’t remember.
I forced myself to learn absolutely everything I could about that camera and how to capture my own kiddos childhoods beautifully….before the age of Youtube and the full power of Google/internet.
It merged into sharing my love of that camera with the world.
Now, here I sit…ready to tackle teaching it to others again.
Passing that gift of knowledge down to the next generation of story tellers.

I have few words for the depth of how important these photos of my family and my clients families are to me.  Often I will shoot a session and be thinking to my self…
“You have no idea how much you will value these images 10 years from now…the tears they will bring you.  The joy you will have that you can hold your babies in your heart and in your hands in full color long after they have flown the nest.”

Fast.  Too Fast.  Always.

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”

Aaron Siskind

The classes are up!

Late Spring Classes for Photography I will be held at Robert Caldwell’s wonderful studio.

Photography II classes will begin in the Summer.
I will be adding the registration information for that class later this week so be sure to check back if you are looking to take you knowledge even further.

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I have been photographing Richmond, Virginia families for close to 15 years.  My camera has taken me on many adventures throughout the years but none as exciting as my family life.  
With a full house to manage and feed, kids in a daily juggle of different types of schools and a busy creative shop and photography classes bussling on along there is never a dull moment around here.
Just the way I like it.  
Join me in my garden, kitchen or in the photography classroom!  My blog is my little corner of sharing the things I love <3