For me, one of the tell tale signs of my transition to adulthood has been realizing I am now one of those people…you know, the adults you would run into at church on a Sunday or out and about on the weekend who “knew you when you were just a baby, child, etc”? Well, that’s pretty much how I feel after taking Amber’s gorgeous senior portraits, because I used to babysit her! How is it that time flies by SO quickly?
Amber has been one of my sister’s friends for some time and growing up she lived just around the corner from our house. I remember countless nights spent at her house babysitting her and her younger brother, Logan, and these photos are a great reflection of the great young woman she has become. As a member of the class of 2014, I know she has only the best things ahead of her in life and I have to admit I’m a little nostalgic of my own high school years looking at these photos.
As you take a look at these photos from our session at Inniswood Metro Gardens, I’ll be sitting here resisting the urge to virtually pinch her cheeks and say, “I remember when I used to babysit you!!!” sigh….
My journey with photography began when I was in high school. My grandma graciously offered me my grandfather’s old Minolta film camera to use after I enrolled in my first photography course with no idea what to expect. I quickly fell in love with taking pictures and at the risk of sounding completely cheesy, I guess you could say things just “clicked” for me.
From the very beginning my family was incredibly supportive of my new found hobby, and to this day I still remember all of the fun weekends spent driving in the car with my mom to my next great photoshoot location. Sure, my early photographs were a tad cliche – train tracks fading into the distance, LOTS of flowers, you get the picture (I’m on a roll with my puns today) – but when I look at those images the memories instantly come flooding back to me. I think that is what I love most about photography – how a great picture has the ability to make you remember things you’d almost forgotten. That’s where the true value lies.
After learning the basics in my first photography class, I decided to further pursue my interest in photography by enrolling in another photography course. My study halls were spent developing prints and film in the school darkroom and it hit me that I’d finally found my passion in life. I made the decision to attend the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where I spent 3 years working constantly toward my photography degree. I graduated in 2010, and while starting a career in photography hasn’t been the easiest journey, I’m happy to finally be giving it my all!
I look forward to using this blog as a way to share my photographs with the world around me while also growing my business. Stay tuned and thanks for reading. 🙂