Donna-2I remember the exact moment when I fell in love with photography. I was ten years old, taking pictures with my mom’s inexpensive 110 camera and shot a whole roll of film. Taking the pictures felt great and it was almost magical when I got the prints back. Even then, I sensed photography’s powerful ability to evoke emotions, tell stories, and even influence others.

I have boxes of prints and thousands of digital files on my computer that attest to my love of capturing images. I always wanted more than a stack of mediocre photos but I lacked the confidence to transform my passion for photography into anything more than a hobby. A few years ago, I decided that I wanted to take better pictures of my two children and be more creative with my photos. My wonderful husband convinced me to pursue my passion. I started reading photography articles on the Internet and any book I could find. I purchased a DSLR camera and started to practice the techniques I was studying. I challenged myself to turn off the auto-settings on the camera in order to gain more confidence and create better images. In the process I discovered that I love taking portraits. I love to capture fleeting moments like a giggle, a pensive thought, or a toothless grin that will be gone in a few months. I love to capture a moment in time, because we all know how quickly those moments are gone. I still have much to learn, but I am truly enjoying the process. This transition from simply taking pictures to creating photographs is both amazing and humbling. I can’t wait to see where this journey leads me.