Why I Want to Preserve Life's Small Moments for You!
Hi thank you for coming to read the blog today.
I don’t write here much and when I do I try to make it interesting. I started out writing about local businesses in Franklin County but found getting schedules to meet up was not feasible so that idea has been tossed out the window. I love learning about the back story behind business and realized I haven’t share my story with many of you. Some of you may have read a portion of my story or heard my story and I think you for listening. For those of you who don’t know the story make sure you have tissues. I don’t ask for sympathy I just want you to understand why I am passionate about what I do for you.
My story starts 31 years ago. I was born in Texas and obviously don’t remember much from that time. When I was two or three my family moved to California. Then when I was about 5 or 6 years old I remember my father teaching me about photography and how to develop film. He also taught me how to taking pictures of heat lighting with a 35mm camera and a cube flash. I didn’t fall in love with photography back then, but it was a time of creating memories that I would cherish. Shortly after when I was between 6 and 7 my mother, sister and I moved to Michigan and lived with my aunt and uncle who meant the world to me. They are a big part of who I am today. When living with them I learned I had a bother that is 8 years older than me and in a few months’ time we created tones of memories. My aunt passed away with cancer when I was 10 and my uncle passed away when I was 15 of cancer. I don’t have any pictures of either of them, I can only remember some of what they looked like which is hard to describe to my children. I think of them every day but I can feel my memories of them fading like a dream.
This was when I started learning more about photography. I started out photographing scenery and then slowly started taking pictures of family and friends at small events like birthday parties, outings to the zoo, Christmas parties, etc. The first family portrait I ever did was for my sister and her family. My boys were about 2 and 4 when I started working with them. I haven’t seen my father since I was 6 but when I was 23 I was able to locate him and well in order for him to be able to see my children grow up I have sent him pictures of them over the years. In 2012 I was finishing up my degree and he sent me an email back asking if I opened my own business yet my response was no I don’t know how. So in a year time, I learned how to open my own business legally and opened MC Photography in June 2013. My sister was my first paying customer and when I provided her with her pictures she told me I had to promise never to give up on my dream and my business. I couldn’t make that promise at that time. One her 32nd birthday October 6th, 2014 I made that promise to her for her birthday. Unfortunately she passed away in a car accident on December 27th, 2014. I miss her every day and think about her each time I pick up my camera. Even though I continued with my business being open I wasn’t growing it or even truly working on what I once dreamed to share with my family. There became a time when I didn’t see the point she wasn’t here to see me succeed. A few months ago I realized I had given up on my business the day she passed away, with that realization; I also decided I am not going to break my promise to her. I will never give up on my business or my dreams. Therefore October 1st, 2016 MC Photography became Mindful Light Photography. I chose this name for many reasons but the biggest is because she will always be the light who will keep me mindful of why I help others preserve their memories.
You see memories pass quickly as time does not stop and when those memories pass there is not promise we will remember the small details forever. I want to help you and your family preserve the small moments in life because I didn’t get to preserve those memories with my loved ones who are now watching over me. In 29 years I only have two pictures of my sister and I together and 1 of all three of my children with her. I do share my memories of her with them, but without pictures it is hard for them to see what I am telling them like a carrot fight when we were younger or the times we spent on the farm playing in the apple trees. If you have lost a loved one, then you know how precious those pictures can be and how much they are needed. So please stop worrying about how you look, what you weight, where you are in life. Let someone else preserve the memories for you and your family and you get in the picture too. Your children and family won’t care about how you look, they love you for who you are and will only remember you in this way. You deserve to be part of the story.