How I got started as a photographer | Denver Mountain, Colorado Family Photographer Elopement Wedding Photographer

I get this question a lot. How did you get started in photography? Well, most photographers I know answer with I've always been a photographer. But I was a bit of a snob about it, I really DID NOT want to be a photographer, because EVERYONE was a photographer. But as with all good things in our lives God has a better different plan.

I actually started taking photos for fun with my dads old automatic Olympus film camera late in high school. I took photos my sister's senior year in college, my neighbor's little girls and my cousin. Everyone loved the photos, but I didn't think twice of it. 

 This is my sister, don't you just love my "focus"? haha

This is my sister, don't you just love my "focus"? haha

I headed off to college took photos of my friends and documented a mission trip to New Zealand. Every photo I shared with people everyone loved, but again I didn't think twice of it. I just loved capturing memories with creative light.

 This is my "iconic" New Zealand Photos, taken as we were traveling around the North Island.

This is my "iconic" New Zealand Photos, taken as we were traveling around the North Island.

 I started out as an early childhood education major but thankfully had a keeping it real teacher, realized I didn't want to babysit children all day, switched majors, schools, and studied  something more creative: graphic design. 

During my course work for graphic design I had to do some projects that included photography. My art teacher saw my photography and immediately asked my why I wasn't studying photography. I honestly didn't have an answer other than, everyone was a photographer and just shrugged it off. 

 This is my best friend from college. We went out to just play as I brought the Olympus automatic camera. Its a joy looking back now knowing I'd later photograph her engagement photos, wedding and maternity photos.

This is my best friend from college. We went out to just play as I brought the Olympus automatic camera. Its a joy looking back now knowing I'd later photograph her engagement photos, wedding and maternity photos.

The exact same month I was applying for an internship with an ad agency. I didn't have a huge graphic design portfolio yet so I just threw in some of my photography to show them my creative abilities. Both of the owners were blow away by my work and asked me why I was pursuing graphic design and not photography. It was then that I realized, I had a gift and not just nice family and friends. I felt God strongly calling me to pursue this.

But with only a few semesters left of my graphic design degree I finished the course load and began my photography business. I seriously just checked out a book from the library and connected with a few professional photographers I knew to begin my business. I immediately fell in love with weddings specifically and was drawn to the passions of marriage as I was quincdently in my first year of marriage myself. I loved capturing love stories.

 Me and My husband, actually taken the first year we were dating at the top of Sandia in Albuquerque, NM on the Olympus automatic.

Me and My husband, actually taken the first year we were dating at the top of Sandia in Albuquerque, NM on the Olympus automatic.

Then, God provided the rest. I meet A LOT of people that were willing to pay me to photograph their weddings and engagement photos. I wasn't a professional nor really pretended to be. Everyone knew I was new, but they all trusted my creative eye. I loved EVERY moment of it, the thrill of the wedding day, the intensity of having to capture this once in a lifetime moment and rolling with the unexpected moments every wedding brings.

 This was from the first wedding I "officially" photographed under my business. It was seriously a God moment. I had no idea what I was doing but some how still captured some photos I'm still proud of.

This was from the first wedding I "officially" photographed under my business. It was seriously a God moment. I had no idea what I was doing but some how still captured some photos I'm still proud of.

God provided a lot from there. And as they say it the rest is history. 

Every year my business grew a little and we moved to Colorado after two years in business. Now, here I am today 8 years later with a wonderful business, still eb and flowing, with a wonderful associate, Brittany. I'm so excited to see what the Lord has in store for the next decade of this adventure.