Hi! I am Maureen. I am so glad you are here. I am guessing you are interested in learning a little bit about the person behind the lens. So here's the story about how I became a family photographer.
My journey as a family photographer began when my daughter was a baby, 13 years ago. I wanted to have pictures of her growing up and didn’t want to forget the details of her life. I wanted her to be able to look back and know that she was a treasured child in our family. About 10 years ago, I upgraded to a professional camera and have taken thousands of photos since! When my son was born, 4 years ago, I kept up with my hobby. Shortly after his first birthday, I did a 365 project with a group of photographers around the world. In this project, I took a photo every day for a year and shared them with the group. It really helped me become better at taking candid shots and become more comfortable with all the technical aspects of photography. I really loved capturing the ordinary and special moments in the life of our family during my 365 project, and still do! That same year I also took a class, called "Everyday Beauty". I took this class at the perfect time, because I really wanted to find beauty in everyday life while doing my 365 project. In the class, my instructor assigned daily projects and a final project. Everyone in the class posted photos to share with each other, and our instructor individually critiqued our work. This class really helped me see my photos in a different way. It helped me improve on the technical aspects of composition and light in my photos.
I chose to be a family photographer because I understand family life so well. I am living it and see the beauty in the simple things. I love capturing the connections and love within a family. A hug, a kiss or laughter shared between people stir up beautiful emotions that are wonderful to see in a photo. Seeing these beautiful connections reminds us of the good and love in a family, that can sometimes be hard to see in the grind of every day life.
I especially love taking photos of children. I have always had a heart for children and I see something special in every child. As a young girl, I was the one following around the littlest ones at family functions. I babysat since I was old enough, and studied child development and family studies in college. I feel I can easily interact with children and make them feel comfortable. If a child isn't comfortable with me at first, I let them take their time and play with me until they feel at ease.
During my sessions, I really try to take genuine photos that show real emotions and expressions. It may be a connection between a parent or child, or between siblings. It may be an individual portrait of your toddler, preteen or high school graduate. I love capturing people and families in all stages of life, and I love that through photography, these moments can be revisited in the years to come.
It would be a joy for me to capture the special moments, expressions and connections within your family.