In this very blessed second year of my business, I was beyond thrilled and excited to be the photographer telling the stories to the following spring and summer brides! I was fortunate enough to see two beautiful elopements in the outer banks, attend a tea party mad hatter style, shoot in downtown Richmond at an old railway, plant a tree in a storm on arbor day, capture seriously romantic DIY country weddings, travel to Ohio for an old friend, capture beautiful brides saying I do, go out on a cruise of July 4th, ride on some awesome golf carts to get the perfect shot, literally see a “shotgun” wedding and watch a sailor come home from deployment and finally get his girl! To each and every one of my spring/summer brides, I dedicate this blog to you!
Following a previous post I had written, about making sure my own personal frames could be full of pictures, with ME actually IN them, I have slowly but surely been working on feeling comfortable in front of the camera.
Having no photographs at home of me as a young child or baby, and having none at all of me with my mother at all (who died very young), I really need to keep making sure I am leaving some pictorial memories behind for my own daughters. I will have a blog dedicated to my mum, Elizabeth, next month because I plan on doing something special in honor of her May birthday, so watch for that, especially if your own mother, and pictures with her, matters to you like it does me.
Being that I am now in my last year of thirty-something, and dreading the downhill slope of aging, I decided to do something fun, sassy and new with my comfortable and faithful dark hair, by adding more fun layers and bold red highlights to it! A colour like that meant for me that I had to really own it! So, I decided to have new head shots done. Not just ones where I sit and smile real wide and fake, as is the norm for myself. I wanted to show me. And the perfect opportunity came two days after my new look had been adopted, in the form of my friends and fellow photographers Erica of Hildebrandt Photography and Crystal of Crystal Reyns Photography, and our lunch date!
We hit Virginia Beach Town Center on a cold blowy day, determined to get head shots that would make me feel young and beautiful! lol. Well, the shots are gorgeous, because Crystal has a way with posing you, and my hair is definitely something of a stand out! Despite the wind, and the cold, I had such a fun time with these two ladies! Its great to have good photographer friends. I swear I see too many wrinkles and at least 9 gray hairs, but, Im getting there, getting more friendly with the lens of the camera. Are you?
As my blog says, and as you who know me know, my name is Debbie…and I am 38. Im from Scotland. I have two daughters. I am engaged to a sweet guy. I love red. I sleep to horror movies. I have a weakness for coffee, chocolate, corn flakes, hot wings, cheese and wine – sometimes all at once. My name is Debbie…and I take pictures. I do. I edit and work from home… in my “office”, where George Michael and Culture Club can play without mockery. Where I can mosh if I want to. Where I smile at “my” bald Chris Daughtry picture from where I met him! Where I run away if I see spiders. Where I wear footsie pjs without shame, and watch Gilmore Girl season after season. My name is Debbie, and yes, I take pictures…yet why is it SO hard at times for me to say, My name is Debbie and Im a PHOTOGRAPHER. After all, I AM.
People in this business who are new, “newbies”, or starting out, sometimes keep themselves of the new list for a long time. I know anyway that I do. Photography is an art form, and Im there in some of the most private or special moments in the lives of those I capture. I shoot homecomings, new babies (though thats an art form I refer out! Its a tough specialty! Not my strength) engagements, stolen kisses, first kisses as husband and wife. Im first to know gender of babies after the couple! I see tears in Dads eyes, smiles in moms, winks from wives. Hands being held, bubbles being blown and hair as the sun sets a glow on it. I love it. I love what I do, the moments I bear witness to, and the stories I get to tell from my own viewpoint.
Im learning, and Im growing, and I am not the wise old girl on the block, but Im not just starting out. Theres the fear of criticism, but there would be that fear no matter how amazing and seasoned you are. Not everyone will love my work, but my clients do. I walk into houses and I see MY pictures in frames, on walls and hung with love. I look at facebook and see 15-20 profile pictures that I shot. I couldnt be more thrilled! I see the “likes” on my business page grow and grow, and its exciting! It makes me try harder and work smarter, and give up my evenings to do what I want to do!
Im inspired by old movies, by 80s movies, by art, and books with stories of love and dreams and imagination! I had a tough childhood which I will save for another day, but it made me who I am, and to know where I want to end up. Im working on a book too, because storytelling wether scripted or pictorial IS what I want to do! Its where my passion lies (outside of my family and aforementioned snacks and wine!).
People ask me to shoot. Its a dream. Gone are the days of me always asking “Can I take some pictures?”, unless Im doing it for something special for my soon to be launched site then I DO still ask!! Im thankful for a community full of “newbies” like me, who lean on and support one another. WHo help you through rough spots and compliment and give credit on your great days! Im inspired by great women who mentored me, Tara Liebeck and Amanda Hedgepeth who both take time from their crazy busy schedules to give back and invest time in us. After all, if I want to be better I need to learn from the best, and those two ladies are AMAZING. I cant say that enough.