I've always loved taking pictures. I remember when I was about 10-years-old and my grandma gave me a disposable camera when she was babysitting us for the weekend. With a puppy in the house and a few fashion shows with friends, I burned through that in no time flat.
Then in high school, I would count down the hours until we could pick up my packets of developed film (remember those days without instant photo gratification??) When the digital camera came around, it opened up a whole new world of taking as many pictures as you could want... or whatever your memory card could handle. But it was the gift of a DSLR camera for my birthday over five years ago that really changed everything.
I started taking pictures on it for fun, with friends, and started to notice that I was really able to capture the reality of those moments -- and the unique and exceptional beauty of all those I was photographing. I found my voice -- I could tell people's stories through my pictures. Capture them at their best or freeze those most precious moments, so they could have them to keep for themselves and share with the world!
I'm still learning all the time, but the joy I feel when behind the camera is unmatched. And my hope is to continue to deliver that joy to others with my photos.
In the last couple of years, I've become very conscious of how my thoughts and feelings affect my life and the world around me... and what a difference positive, compassionate and grateful thoughts and feelings can make.
It's not always easy to keep oneself in that mindset... sometimes, you need a reminder. For me, that has been the hummingbird. My husband and I first spotted one on vacation the summer of 2012. I hadn't seen one in years, and really marveled at its uniqueness and beauty.
Since then, I've noticed them everywhere. In person, online, in photos, in passing reference... they've become my little sign to remember to be positive, compassionate and thankful for my life (and have in fact worked their way into my journey as a photographer, as well.)
Their beauty and fleeting nature are an everyday miracle that very much mimic the moments I try to capture in people's lives. That quick flutter of a shared knowing glance, or the sheer joy in a bubbling giggle... everyday miracles that are so fun to freeze in time on film.
So that's how hummingbirds have made their way into my heart... and my logo.