Hello world!

“Hello, world!” — My name is Christine and I wanted to use this first blog post as a more thorough introduction than what you will find in the About Christine page.  

I’ve just recently decided to go into business, after contemplating it as a daydream for several years now.  My hesitations were many during that time, the most obvious question being… how would I ever have enough time to pursue photography, with a full-time “day” job and young children?  I’ve spent the last month or so in serious thought about all of this, and decided to take the plunge.  I’m ready to take my development as a photographer to the next level, and even with a young toddler and a baby on the way, I’ve realized that when you’re passionate about something, the rest works itself out.  I plan to primarily shoot on weekends, taking on only a few sessions each month, and I think this will allow me to keep my sanity and to be more thorough and intentional with the sessions that I have.  Once my son in born in late March or early April, there will of course be several weeks where I am completely out of pocket, but anyone who’s been a new parent knows that even in those first few months, you need to be able to take a “break” and allow yourself to have passions that don’t involve your kids (at least, every now and then).

My interest in photography first took hold back when I was a teenager.  A typical surburban “hipster,” I took a photojournalism class as a high school freshman that required the use of a film SLR camera.  I learned some basics of exposure and composition, and was hooked (though I have to admit that I hated developing film).  From that point on, my parents rolled their eyes at all of my black & white “artsy” photos of our family pets, eggs (a classic composition exercise!), and whatever else I could find.  At 16, I went to England with my mom for a vacation — and she was appalled to see that 90% of my pictures were perspective exercises along various bridges and vine-covered alleyways.  As the years went by, I basically retired the SLR in favor of point-and-shoot digital cameras, the use of which was really growing when I was in college.  It wasn’t until well after I’d graduated from Texas A&M that I felt interested enough (and well-paid enough) to buy my first DSLR, a Nikon D40.  My then-fiance and I bought the camera prior to one of our vacations, a short Valentine’s Day trip to Boston, and I really enjoyed over-documenting this and all of our travels together.

I would probably still be using that camera today, if my photography-equipment-obsessed dad hadn’t generously gifted his D300 to me on my 25th birthday.  At that time, I was traveling frequently to Alaska for work, so I loved to practice shooting during the long daylight hours on my trips there.  It’s hard to believe I’ve had this camera for almost 3 years now!  When my daughter was born in 2011, my dad lent me his D700, which was the camera that he’d upgraded to when he handed down the D300.  It was amazing to document the first 3-4 months of my daughter’s daily life with that camera, and this is when I started feeling the strongest that photography could be a more than just a hobby for me.  Finally, starting this January, I’ve been taking a few online courses to improve my understanding of exposure, learn how to use light more creatively, and generally take more inspired photos.  I’ve been loving it, and now I feel confident taking more steps toward becoming a Photographer with a capital P.

Over the next two months, I hope to build my portfolio (and this website) to reflect my style as a photographer, and to provide some lovely images for friends, family, and other clients willing to take a chance on me as a new photographer.