"You have exactly one life in which to do everything you'll ever do. Act accordingly." - Colin Wright
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Although my journey in photography started ten years ago, I don't feel like I became a real photographer until my Mom passed away in 2009. Her passing helped me make the genuine realization that the photos that we had of her were our greatest treasures...the best thing we had to remember her by and the only way to actually show my unborn child who my mom was. I am able to see and relive the times we shared at Christmases, the laughs we had on our camping trips, and even the tears we shed through these images. Seeing the value in my own family photos was an epiphany moment. I truly realized that what I was doing as photographer was so much more important than I had ever imagined.
I approach every shoot knowing from personal experience that these images are memories, moments of love and life, that people want to remember forever and cherish in years to come. The images I take tell someone's story, and I couldnt feel more honored or humbled by the opportunity to capture these moments for people. In creating Defining78 I always dreamed of working with people with a similar vision. While our main purpose is to be able to give people the gift of their memories and their stories in photographs, we also want to give back through community fundraisers and working on water well projects in the third world. I've been so blessed to be able to do what I love and call myself a photographer, and being able to give back to those in need brings things full circle for me. Arthur Ashe once said "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can."