How Becoming a Mom has Influenced Me as a Photographer

I started my photography journey many years ago as a hopeful teenager that wanted to make beautiful art with a camera. I fell head over heels for photography after we had traveled to Japan and I watched my brother shooting in film while all I had was a cheap digital point and shoot. After seeing all of the incredible images we created, I knew photography was something I needed in my life.

I received my first digital SLR, a Canon Rebel T3, from my father as an eighteenth birthday gift and I've been fueling my passion for photography ever since. Even though I knew I had to have photography in my life, I had no idea what direction I wanted to take with it. Over the years, I tried shooting so many different things to figure out where my love truly lived. I've taken photos of nature, animals, buildings, vaguely artistic close ups of indistinguishable items, but none of those things felt quite right to me. It wasn't until I welcomed my beautiful baby girl, Ella, into the world that I found the direction I needed.

When Ella came into my life I knew immediately that I would be taking a ridiculous amounts of photographs of this