Some things were easy for me to discover. I’m a people person to the max. I love sunny beach days, visits to the big city, and long, quiet days in the mountains. I love being with my little family and watching my 3 babies grow. I love to snuggle them and read stories for hours. I love being active, being outdoors, and laughing uncontrollably. I love to eat and shop and take naps whenever possible. I’ve never been a minimalist, my house is never as clean as it should be, and I definitely have a love-hate relationship with cooking.

Other things took time to discover. Taking pictures isn’t always something I have done, but it’s always been a part of me. It’s in my blood. Starting with my great-grandfather who during the early 1900’s traveled the Southwestern US with his own invented portable darkroom covered wagon. He took pictures of Native Americans, eventually started his own studio, and helped invent the Polaroid camera. Ever since, photography has been a huge part of my family’s legacy. I’ve always admired and appreciated art and photography, but it took me a long time to find (and learn to trust) the little artist I have inside. Several years ago when my son was born I picked up my first professional camera and decided to learn what all the fancy buttons meant. Having my own perfect subject now – a life I just had to document – I quite suddenly found a new passion unfolding. It happened fast from there. As I discovered different techniques and lighting I also discovered a part of myself that I never really knew existed. When I was behind the lens I saw a whole new way of looking at the world, at people, at love. And I couldn’t get enough.

41st Avenue Photography is about people – because that is what I’m truly passionate about! I love getting to know my subjects and telling a story. Their story. I love helping to capture moments in time, feelings, personalities, expressions, and relationships – all memories that will last a lifetime. I look forward to meeting you and getting to capture your story!

Photo courtesy of Paige Smith Photography.