DSC_5511Hi! I am Michele, the gal behind the camera.  I am a coffee addict, animal lover, traveler, and an introvert.  Yep, I have a hard time putting myself out there, or meeting new people.  So how and why did I start my own photography business?  I’m still asking myself that question all the time.

I didn’t really get interested in photography until I was in college.  I needed 3 more credits so I took photography as an elective class.  It was a challenge to learn how to use a SLR camera.  It was an even bigger challenge learning how to expose my own film in the dark room.  I enjoyed the way I could show the rest of the world what I saw through the lens in my own way.  I typically took images of wildlife and landscapes.  Not once did I ever consider becoming a photographer as a career.

After graduation I was working as an interior designer.  I liked the company I was working for, and I enjoyed the challenge of each new project.  I purchased my first DSLR, and kept taking images of wildlife and landscapes.  I never really thought about becoming a portrait photographer. 

A few years ago one of my co-workers asked if I could do her senior photo’s.  I thought why not.  It was a lot of fun putting together a shoot that focused on Victoria and her interests.  I can honestly say that I didn’t like my senior portraits.  They were done in a studio with no thought to my interests as an individual.  Today’s seniors have a multitude of choices and no longer have to follow the typical rules for their portraits.  Keep that in mind when choosing your photographer, whether it is me or someone else.   

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