what IS a personal photographer ?

I was recently asked “what is a personal photographer?”…It caught me off guard. What I do feels so natural to me that it has never occurred to me that the phrase itself might be confusing to some. In the simplest of terms my main goal as your personal photographer is to leave you with details that happen so often or subconsciously you don’t even realize. I want to give you a visual journal of your everyday days and your big days. I don’t want to come to you for a single session because that’s not who you are, that’s who you want my camera to see. My¬†ultimately goal is for my clients to see the moments and thing about them that make them who they are. That’s why I started this business. Rather than doing single sessions or portraits which I will never claim to be my strong suit I want to record slices of your life. One of my favorite stories through my years of photography is about a young couple I happened upon.
A few years ago while my family and I were on vacation we were outside in a grass area when I noticed a young couple across from us. We didn’t know each other but as I watched them I could tell something was about to happen. I grabbed my camera and started taking pictures. As I watched this young man wobbly go down on one knee with a lump in his throat and the young womans range of expressions as her hands flew up to cover her mouth in surprise with eyes glistening I kept shooting.
When the proposal was over I walked over and introduced my self and told them I had been photographing the entire scene. I knew right then that this, this is what I genuinely love about the type of photography I do. Capturing a moment in someones life that usually is left to our brain to record is something I love doing.
It doesn’t have to be an engagement, or a big event (although it certainly can be) but just life. I want to be the one that gives you a tangible piece of what will become your past.

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