My story is still ongoing but I'll tell you a little bit about why I became a photographer. To be brutally honest, until very recently I hated photographs. I mean, really, really, REALLY hated photographs. To me, they were lies - they captured only a nanosecond of a person's life. They froze a single moment in time that never existed again. To me this was dishonest. I believed photos were an incredibly inaccurate representation of a person, and I avoided having my picture taken, if at all possible. My entire outlook changed in 2010 when my husband deployed overseas for a year. We had only been married three months when he left and I wanted to send him a gift to remind him of me, so I had my first boudoir photos taken. These photos ended up being an even greater gift to myself. In 2012, my husband deployed overseas a second time. We had just moved to a new state and I had just started a new job. I was pretty lonely in a new city with no friends, but I lived five minutes from the coast and I wanted to record some memories and photos of the ocean for my husband while he was away. I invested in my first DSLR camera, a Nikon D5100 that I still use to this day. I loved being the proverbial "fly on the wall" and taking pictures of everyone and everything else. It's a little like being a spy and having access to places and events you would never have had access to without a camera. I was finally beginning to appreciate the beauty associated with photography. Three years later, we moved to Texas and I landed a part-time job as a lighting assistant for a wedding venue. The following year I was offered a job as a lead photographer and have been shooting professionally ever since. My love for photography blossomed exponentially with the birth of my son. Photos of him dominate my phone, my computer, my hard drives, and my social media feeds. Being able to record every milestone of his life in charming, pristine detail has been one of the greatest joys of my life. Capturing raw emotion with my camera is one of my greatest achievements...I want to show the world that forever...is a photograph!