How it all started
One of my earliest jobs was in advertising design for a business publication. The company gave our creative department access to stock images from Getty. During my downtime, I would browse through these images for ideas and inspiration. Many of the images fascinated me. I remember often wondering how the photographer took the picture. What settings did he use? How did he set up the shot?
Soon, I found myself experimenting with a point-and-shoot camera. I didn't know anything about photography at the time, but I was strongly drawn to it and had a great desire to learn. I loved the way an ordinary or mundane object, when photographed from a certain angle in certain lighting, could suddenly become beautiful and dynamic.
Most of my early shots were of objects and nature. I took my point-and-shoot with me everywhere I went and tried to mimic some of the things I saw on Getty.
Before long, I was taking pictures for my job for articles and advertisements. I had no idea what I was doing, but I enjoyed every minute of it.
Many years later -- after having children -- I finally invested in a DSLR camera and some lenses. Luckily, my dear friends Jessie and Pavel at FotoBohemia, who had taken some incredible photos of my babies, helped mentor me along the way. (BTW, I absolutely LOVE people who share information! Like web designers and programmers, for example. They are almost always more than happy to share their hacks with the rest of us, and I love them for it!)
After sharing a few shots of my kids on social media, I got hired to take other people's photos, and I've loved every minute of it.
I'm still learning -- there is always more to learn -- but I love putting beautiful things into the world along the way.