"You don't take a photograph, you make it."
Remember film? I used to shoot weddings with sixteen rolls of it in my backpack. Every few years I sort through my portfolio to freshen up my marketing and I am amazed at how time has passed. To see images of a young couple celebrating their engagement, and running out of a church, dodging rose petals as newlyweds, and then a few years later, in another folder I find them on my screen again holding their newborn son. And then he becomes a big brother. Twice. That's what a fourteen year career will give you I guess, not only a list of clients, but a FAMILY of clients. They are a part of my world. I celebrate each Christmas with them and see their cards in my mailbox and am cheered knowing how much we've come to value each other in our journeys. The Imgarten family, pictured to the right, are as much a part of Moonshadow Studio as the very bricks that contain it.
What is worthy of a photograph, after all? My dog enjoying a popsicle? Well, now that he has crossed the rainbow bridge, so to speak, this image brings me joy beyond measure. Creating a photograph lets us go back to a moment that might otherwise be forgotten in our mind's eye.
I am seldom without some kind of camera, as I've become accustomed to witnessing the world through a lens. Celebrating life with the help of a camera is what I do, on the job and off.
One of my greatest joys is photographing all the wonders of our beautiful planet I come across, both natural and manmade, wild and human. I cannot possibly improve them, but I can preserve a moment to share and appreciate long after I've unpacked. To see my collection of planetary wonders, click on the sea turtle.
2017 will be my coming out party, so to speak. I have so much to share with you! I have a book series and a podcast nearly ready to launch. The book series (not yet titled) is meant for anyone considering tying the knot. It is full of real experiences (including my own) to coach the reader in choosing the right partner, and getting that marriage off to solid start. The second book in the series is your guide to planning the most romantic wedding your budget will allow, with tips and tricks only a wedding photographer can share! The podcast, called Wedding School Radio is about love, marriage, and wedding planning and I couldn't be more excited for the first episode to launch later this spring!