I was so excited when my old friend Theresa called to schedule a session during my first spring portrait event! What was even more exciting was she traveled over an hour and a half to take part. I asked her why she came so far with a three year old and a one month old and in her words she answered "$50 for a half hour of your photography in one h*** of a deal". (BTW due to demand I am holding another Spring Portrait Event on Saturday the 30th. Call or email me today to schedule your time!)
Seeing her again reminded me how I got my start in photography. Growing up my great grandfather was a photographer. In fact I never knew him without a camera in his hand taking pictures of his only great grand daughter...me! He had a darkroom in his basement and I always loved going down there and seeing the photos he had taken of the various building around the Akron area. In fact when he finally had to enter a nursing home at 93, I was asked what I wanted and the first thing I said was his photos. They have hung in every bedroom, dorm room and home I have ever had. He would take me out and teach me the basics of photography but most importantly he taught me how to see! In high school my Dad gave me my first ever slr (no digital back then) a state of the art Canon with the typical parental warning of don't you even think of breaking this! (I actually had a better camera than my photography teacher!) On the weekends my Dad would take me all around NE Ohio on photo safaris and stood for hours as I tried various shots and settings. I ended up being recruited to many different art programs but thought you couldn't make money in the arts and didn't want my parents to shell out a ton of money for college tuition when I couldn't get a job. I soon went to Wittenberg where I studied pre-law (Which is pretty funny since I hate confrontation and do almost anything to avoid it!).
After college I was married and worked various jobs because the one thing I knew was I didn't want was to be a lawyer. I still had my camera and still drew, photographed and painted every chance I could. I even toyed around with going back to an art school. I ended up starting riding and soon my life evolved around everything horses! That is where I meant Theresa. However my career of being a really bad rider was cut short due to a medical condition and I soon was trying to figure out something that I could do and get me out of the funk I was in. That is when my amazing husband gave me a new camera.
Once again photo safaris where a weekly occurrence and while out one day a local artist saw my work and helped me gain gallery representation and my first show. Soon people started to ask me to capture weddings, children, their families. That was when I came back after all those years to my first career dream and my passionate love- photography. I know my Great Grandpa, Ernie is looking down from heaven smiling and saying "that's my little photographer keeping the family business alive"