Every time I photograph a family, I am humbled and so grateful that they have chosen me as their photographer. My clients invest in me, and therefore I feel that it is very important that I invest in myself as well — for both the benefit of me as a photographer, and for the benefit of my clients. Prior to me starting up my business, I invested time and money taking workshops to learn more about different aspects of photography and post-processing. For me, the learning hasn’t stopped. Every year I make a list of areas that I would like to improve upon, or new skills that I would like to learn, and then I seek out continuing education opportunities that correspond to these areas. This past year alone I have taken several online workshops, self-study courses, and have also joined some forums and continued my membership with the National Association of Professional Child Photographers. All of these mediums have helped me grow and improve my craft, and I must say that I am pretty proud of how I have progressed thus far. Although I still have a lot that I would like to learn, and there is always room for improvement, I have noticed growth within myself as an artist and am glad that the hard work is paying off.
Each year the National Association of Professional Child Photographers hosts two image competitions for its members. I entered two of my favourite images into the competition this past July, and I am so thrilled to share that one of my images won First Place in the ‘Babies’ category. Upon learning of the news, I was beyond surprised…but I was completely elated as well! I am so honoured to have my work recognized amongst such amazing talent. Without the continued support of my clients though, this would not have been possible. I am thankful to my clients for continuing to provide me with opportunities to be creative while working alongside them to capture special memories for them. I am absolutely in love with what I do, and I am so blessed that you, my clients, enjoy my work enough to invest in me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I just love the “sugar rush” shot!