I’ve loved pictures for as long as I can remember!! In high school I was on the yearbook staff and was editor my senior year. I loved creating layouts and filling them with pictures! I always wanted to learn how to take better photographs but never really pursued that until a few years ago! Once I started taking classes, I couldn't learn it fast enough!!
I cherish images of my Grandpa! I lost him when I was 17. I always felt a special connection to him growing up and for 30 years I’ve missed him. Pictures are what I have left and a few momentos that belonged to him. They make me smile and remember him when I look at them! So I believe in getting in front of the camera whether you want to or not because it will leave a legacy for our families and loved ones that they will treasure when we are gone.
I have this portrait of me when I was about 2 years old I think. The story goes that the local photographer in our town wanted to enter this image he took of me, in a photography contest. He did and it won an award!! I don’t know any more details than that but how cool! Several years later he offered it to my mother. She bought it and it hung it in my room growing up! A number of years later when I was out on my own, I asked if I could have it and she let me. The photographer, Pete Comer did a beautiful job! I’ll always be grateful that he chose that image, sold it to my Mom and now I have it!!