Aside from being a Captain I am a photographer. Photography has been a great passion of mine since I was a child. When time came to go to college I decided to turn this love for photography into a career. My studies keep my affair with photography heated and it culminated with a MFA that has influenced my work ever since. I considered myself lucky to be able to work doing what I loved, but photography had to take a backseat once I had my first child. When Lucas was born I took a step back and focused on being a mom. Years later came my second child and my mom career lead me to studies on nutrition and health. That is how I became a Captain :). But my love for photography never faded and I have a gazillion pictures of my family to prove it.
Photography helps keep people together when apart. In 1854 french photographer André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri patented the carte de visit. These visiting cards where photographs mounted on cards 2-1/2 by 4 inches. These small portraits became wildly popular because for the fist time photography was accessible to the masses. They could be reproduced numerous times (contrary to the daguerreotype ) and they where easy to mail and share. People would collect them and had special albums for them. This marked a new era for portraiture and could be considered the beginning of social media. Today we get to snap a picture and share it with the world in a matter of seconds! And that is a great privilege if you ask me.
Recently I decided it was time to create a family portrait. In the past people always wondered why ( with me being a photographer) I never sent photo/christmas cards. Well, honestly my brain was fried from sheer exhaustion. Sending, let alone taking a picture of my whole family, dealing with wardrobe malfunctions, unwilling subjects and all the drama, was not in my top ten ways to spend the day. But times are changing and this year I women up and did it. I orchestrated and successfully photographed my family. It wasn’t as simple as taking a selfie. I must say I feel way more comfortable behind the camera. Trying to be both behind and front was a challenge. But now I hold in my virtual hands our very own holiday visiting card.
I wanted to share this experience with you to assure you that true passion never extinguishes. The things you love to do are within your reach. Sometimes you might have to set them aside to discover new passions. But the flame in your hearts will always be there. Life is ever-changing and letting go doesn’t mean it’s the end. By staying loose and fluid we can enjoy what each moment brings and it might just be what you need to find your way back.
Today I feel inspired, loved and grateful. For all the loves of my life have made me better. At this moment I am even more in love than the day I took my first Polaroid. But most importantly at this moment I have all of you to share it with.