Well, it seems to be the most common question asked during sessions, or even in every day conversations outside of the studio. 'So, how long have you been doing this?' Well, it's a big, hairy answer! The simple one, is since 2009. But the complex one, is, I picked up my first camera in 2009. Annapolis, Maryland, a Nikon D80, with a kit lens - I couldn't even tell you which one, anymore. I found a friend who'd known a local girl who wanted to get some portfolio photos taken for her modeling, and we went from there. We wandered down to the Chesapeake Bay, and I had her waddle out onto a pier, while I waded out (yes, waded) with my camera high above my head to avoid any waves hitting it. With water up to my neck, I took my very first fashion shot. Within a few weeks, I'd turned my apartment dining room, into my own little photography nook - we'd just have to eat dinner on the floor for all I cared! I had a large backdrop, two continuous studio lights, and my camera. To be quite frank, I hardly ever used it - I can recall two separate occasions. Fashion and models just weren't something I found passion in.
Fast forward to 2012, I had my hands on a Canon. Now, I'm a Nikon girl - I know nothing about Canon's, and can't even tell you what model body it was. But I had my photography desires still burning inside, so I found yet another model - I knew I had a passion for a camera, but I'd just hope that maybe this time around the models would be different! Spring Lake, NC - just outside of Fort Bragg, I found a model and we snapped away. Yet, I still couldn't find the passion I knew was burning... so I again, put down the camera.
May of 2016, my son turned 1. And all I knew was, I wanted to photograph his cake smash. I didn't just want to be there - I wanted to create it. So, as a late Christmas gift to myself - another Nikon came to find it's new home with me. Backdrops, banners, cake, flash, I was ready to go! No one asked Chase if he was lol. My boy did NOT find amusement in this little game we played... he had no interest in that cake, didn't understand what was going on and was MAD at me. Mad as hell. We tried to smush his fingers into the icing, give him a taste - all that ended in was tears. From Day 1, ladies and gentleman, Chase has had Photographers Child Syndrome.
Lo and behold... I'd found the burning passion I couldn't find in prior years. Children! I spent the next few months taking courses, from safety, to lighting, to posing... and come Christmas, I rolled out LMP's first mini session promotion! And boy, these babies and toddlers, and even families that showed up - some of the most beautiful and wonderful people I've met. Since then, I've been go-go-go! I adore what I do... and I plan to keep doing it! So much so, I've converted a bedroom into my studio (which I'm currently redoing, yet again - I want the best for you!), and installed backdrop systems in my kitchen for larger set ups.
This, is my boy at 1 year old. My very 'first' in studio session.
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