Over the years, I’ve had several different “jobs,” but nothing has ever given my spirit that special boost like capturing a truly magnificent moment and preserving it for the future. I came to find and develop my passion through experiencing several challenges these past few years. The seeds of my interest in photography were first planted when my daughter was born. Like most new parents, along with lots and lots of diapers, a better camera was near the top of the list of must haves when my little girl was born. Unlike most new parents, I didn’t have the luxury of bringing my daughter home after her birth because she arrived 6 weeks and a day early. It was during her 3 week stay in the NICU that I learned the enormous value of being able to view her magical little form from home when I couldn’t be there with her. I still think that a few of those photos may have just saved my wife from needing prozac. During this time of necessary distance, I quickly discovered how much I love taking pictures and how valuable this early imagery was for our family. A little more than a year after my daughter’s birth, our family encountered another challenge and the roots of my interest started to take hold. This time it was my wife who was ill and away from the family for a full month in the hospital. Being physically apart from each other was absolutely devastating and unimaginable, but the imagery I had captured of our family together helped to brighten her days and give her the ability to feel that she hadn’t missed so many magical moments with our daughter. Documenting our daughter while my wife was away became the best gift I could give to her. About a year after my wife’s illness, I would become the next member of the family to be stuck in the hospital while life went on around me. I can recall many hours spent gazing at the precious moments I had managed to catch and being so thankful to have preserved our memories. It was this very health concern of my own that has ultimately allowed my passion to blossom into my profession. From our family’s challenges, I’ve come to realize just how quickly things can and do change, and just how important those captured memories really are. As I take the leap from passion to profession, I will always be mindful of how meaningful and valuable a moment really is. It is a privilege and a huge responsibility to document a moment for later reflection and I hope I have the opportunity to capture as many as I can.
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