I remember my old cube flash camera and 110 film. I can hear the click when I think back. As I got older, I graduated to using my father’s Canon AE-1, a 35-mm film SLR – big step up for me! I still love this camera, but film…who has time?! I used this camera for grade school science fair projects and developed my own film through high school. Years later I crossed paths with a hobbyist using a professional Nikon digital camera, and I jumped on board and never looked back!
I’m a mom, but I’m also a scientist. Before I had children, my photography was very different. In a previous career, I very much enjoyed time looking through microscopes, drawing and diagramming details, and this pleasure carried over to my photography. I was drawn to texture, to contrast, to shape, lines, and shadow. I loved tinkering with camera mechanics, playing with different combinations of the exposure triangle: aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. I played with physics, changing my camera settings to either abruptly stop flowing water or to capture the smoothness of the flow. I was a hobbyist and enjoyed macro and travel photography. I perfected my technical photography skills during this time, and I created beautiful images of the world around me, but I rarely photographed people.
Before I was a mom I captured the physical world in my images. Now that I’m a mom, I capture love. Love and silly faces. Oh, my goodness, it is so much more fun!
Did I mention I love to take photographs?