Updated: Dec 30, 2018
I'm so glad that you found your way to my blog post -- you might be the first!
I guess we should get to know each other a little better. My name is Angelle, and two Christmases ago, my husband gave me a DSLR camera for Christmas. I was 7 months pregnant with our first child, James, and wanted to commit to taking better pictures of our growing family. I had no idea that little Canon Rebel would lead me to writing this.
I was the girl in college who always stole tagged photos my friends posted on Facebook for my picture frames. I never owned a digital camera (wow, that probably aged me) longer than a few months before losing it in the washing machine, and my iPhone was perpetually cracked. I knew that I wanted to make a change for James.
For a long spell, that first DSLR seemed as though it would meet a similar fate to my other picture-taking devices. I didn't know how to use the flash. My pictures came out flat, lifeless, and uninteresting. I wasn't good at putting the lens cap on so a steady film of dog dander ran around the edge. I couldn't figure out why the pictures came out yellow as though I was shooting through a glass of amber beer. I've included some of these images (yes -- my baby shower was Harry Potter themed, and it was EPIC). I nearly shrugged my shoulders and chalked that device up to an unfortunate waste of money we would occasionally take out at recitals and sporting events.
Then James came one balmy night in March. By the time he was swaddled in my arms, the room was dark, and the nurses said a flash would be bad for his sleepy eyes. So my husband and I began taking pictures without a flash. And like any new mom, for the first day of James' life, I took as many pictures as I possibly could.
I was a terrible newborn mom. The cabin fever was brutal, but I was too anxious to leave the room where James slept bundled in his rock-n-play, even to do laundry or take a nap. So I played with my camera. And James. I read up on aperture, shutter speeds, angles of natural light. I taught myself Adobe Lightroom in order to get rid of that amber glow I was cursed with. I experimented with white balances. It all snowballed from there.
I never imagined that I'd own my own business. I still hesitate to call it that or to call myself a professional. I can say that I have found a very serendipitous passion that allows me to meet new people and share in a tiny fragment of a very happy time. I'm still not sure where this journey will take me, but I'm excited to see what tomorrow holds.
Hey! Did you read all the way to the end?! Thanks friend! Keep smiling!