I’ve always enjoyed taking pictures, even before digital cameras were popular, but I never considered learning about photography until after our son was born. At that time, my dedication to reading and practicing in order to take a better photograph was born out of necessity.
Just like other new parents, my husband and I took our baby boy in to have his pictures taken. By the time he was a year old, it was clear this was next to torture for him. He didn’t just cry or squirm, he was flat out miserable. After trying to have his two-year pictures taken, and failing miserably, I started to take them myself. When we found out a year later that he had autism, his reactions at photography studios made a whole lot of sense.
Being the perfectionist that I am (for better or worse – ha), I wasn’t overly happy with the snapshots I was getting. Purchasing a Canon DSLR and learning to shoot in manual was a game changer for me. Now I could take portraits of my son in an environment where he was happy and relaxed.
I practiced every chance I had, and that included our dogs. Jasper, especially, has been the subject of many photo shoots ranging from puppy pictures to images taken in front of the Christmas tree.
I now enjoy taking pictures of everything from wildlife to flowers, from sunsets to family portraits. All of them serve as a reminder of the every day joys in life.
My love of photography and our experience with our son were both a huge inspiration for Laurie Blake, the heroine in my book, Finding Peace. Laurie is a struggling photographer trying to make enough money to keep her studio, Capturing the Moment Photography, open. While she lives to take photos, her passion is helping families with special needs children.
Laurie meets with them ahead of time in their own home so they don’t have to take their children to a strange studio. When Laurie goes back later to take their portraits, she lets the children lead the way. Giving the children the opportunity to play where they are most comfortable is the best way to get pictures the family will treasure forever.
GIVEAWAY – Do you have a hobby or something you enjoy that brings you peace, inspires you, or both? Comment below, and you’ll be entered for the chance to win a $5.00 Amazon gift card. A winner will be chosen randomly on July 6th and contacted by e-mail. I look forward to reading your responses!
Tuck is determined to keep Laurie safe, even if it means risking his own heart in the process.
Police Officer Tuck Chandler works hard to protect the citizens of Kitner, Texas. He’s also good at holding women at arm’s length. Jilted by his fiancée for his dedication to his job, he’s not about to open himself up to hurt like that again.
Laurie Blake is a struggling photographer. After growing up in a wealthy family, she’s determined to make it on her own, even if it means doing it the hard way.
When Tuck is assigned to a puzzling burglary involving Laurie’s fledgling photography business, he goes into it with his usual perseverance. He wants to help her – if she’ll let him. As the case unfolds and the mystery deepens, another question arises.
Will their pasts get in the way of a future together?