One of my favorite quotes is by the well-known photographer of all things Maryland, Marion E. Warren. He said of his long-time career as a photographer that he was, “an observer of people, places and images of time”. I think that is so beautiful, to think of photographers just observing life happening and capturing those moments in lasting images. Photography has always been a part of my life, as I grew up with an aunt who we all made fun of for, “always having a black box in front of her face”. I have a series of numbered photo albums that my aunt made for me starting from the first day of my life until the time I graduated college. I think there are at least 20 separate albums. I have old photos that I have collected of my family, some at least 100 years old- and of course photos of more recent years. I have a photo of me and my husband at my high school senior prom. I have photos of me as camper at the same camp I work at today. I have photos of countries I’ve traveled to. Photos of events in friends and families lives that I have been a part of. Photos of people and places and the stories they tell. That is partly why I love photography so much. I love how photographs tell stories. I also love that now I can hunt down blogs of talented photographers that I admire from my own small state of Maryland as well as others I gawk at who blog from all the way in California. I love how these others inspire me.
Photography is something I have loved- but more recently it is something I have been blessed by doing more. In the past year I have had the opportunity to take pictures for friends and even strangers-become-friends. Through my camera lens, I have been invited to be a part of growing families, and I am so enjoying it. I have learned in the age-old “self-taught” manner and I’ve also learned so much from friends who are photography inspirations. I still have so much to learn and I am eager to grow and so excited for the journey! My hope is that this blog will serve as a means to share the stories I have found in my photography- and to have something that allows me to pause these moments in time. Thanks for stopping in- I hope you enjoy some of this journey with me!
Here are a few of this year’s images- to tide you over until the “official” first post, of course!