The Story – the Beginning

My Story.  How it all began.

Photography is about capturing life and life’s events.  Documenting special moments and visions.  For the majority of my life photography was a hobby.  More recently, with the advent of digital photography, it has become a passion.  In 2010 I took the “next” steps to further my skills and knowledge of the world of digital photography.   I took more classes, and fortunately, I have a very supportive and loving husband, who, over the years has been as interested in the equipment as I have and has held my hand and helped me make the important decisions necessary to make the substantial purchases of more technologically advanced equipment – cameras, lenses, and accessories.  I feel blessed that I have his support as well as the means to further advance the photographic experience and continuously learn and improve.

What draws me to photography?  Other than capturing life, the art.  My mother is an artist – she paints.  My father was a master craftsman in woodworking.  Two of my sisters have artistic vision and talent and can draw.  Another sister writes beautiful poetry.  I suppose you could say that art is in our blood.  We all enjoy it, appreciate it, and find it in the simplest of things.  With that said, I enjoy photographing people, but my favorite images are those that are candid in nature, or where the person doesn’t  know they are being photographed.  I like the more natural, simplistic approach of capturing the emotions of people.  What I enjoy even more is photographing objects – objects found in nature, part of landscapes, buildings, especially doors and windows, or creating images out of what is already available to me, for example antiques – dishes, books, you name it.  For years I have taken pictures and just held on to them.  I haven’t published them, or shared them except occasionally with family.   The images were like my little secret, something I had and would someday do something with.  As 2011 approached, I decided this was the year I was going to branch out and share the images I have taken.   My goal is to begin selling images and begin doing photo sessions.  My dream is seeing the images hanging on the wall of a home or establishment I visit.

Starting this blog is the first step for me branching out and stepping outside my box.  In other words, it is a HUGE leap on my part.  I am usually pretty private and fear throwing myself out there and risking any negative feedback.  But, it is a new year, and I decided to embrace the risk and “publish” some of my work and invite new opportunities in photography.

Many of my favorite images are stills, landscapes or obscure objects that keep people guessing.   I think that keeps it fun.  Don’t get me wrong, I have many images of people that make me say “wow, I love it”.  You will eventually find both types of work here and I hope you find something within each image to make you smile, wonder, or simply say “Wow.”  Everyday is filled with blessings and I tend to find them most often in the simple things.  I don’t need frills to make me happy and appreciate the little things in life.  I hope you see that in my work.  My  motto is: keep is simple, keep it fun.  For when those two things leave our daily lives, our passions can become more of a burden than a pleasure.

I hope you enjoy my blog and  invite you to visit often.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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24 thoughts on “The Story – the Beginning

  1. WOW…what beautiful pictures, Robyn. You truly have a gift. I look forward to checking in and seeing what new, fun things you have found to photograph!

  2. Robyn- I love your pics! They are beutiful and remind me so much of my Granddaddy’s work. His work gave me such an appreciation for visuals and simple beauty. I wish you well- it is a gift God’s given you- I know you’ll use it well!
    Lots of love girlfriend!

  3. Hi Robyn — Love the pictures, love the blog. I once read that we are God’s hands, and must bring Him into everything we do, everything we touch, everyone we meet. YOU are certainly doing it!! Thank you for being an inspiring friend! You go girl!!

  4. Hi, Robyn. I work at Bittners Interior Design in Louisville, KY. One of our designers is working on a bathroom for a boy who loves lacrosse. He really liked your black and white photograph of the lacrosse sticks. Can you email me so that I can get more information about how to order a print from you? My email address is krebs.sara@yahoo.com, thanks!
    -Sara

  5. Robyn,

    I want to THANK YOU for sharing your wonderful gift of photography with the world! I have spent the past 4 hours looking at your photos and reading your beautiful blogs! You are very talented and I’m positive your “hobby” will bring you much success!

    Fondly,

    Meg Schick

  6. Good luck in your enterprise Robyn. But never forget why you take your photos; for you. Resist the temptation to only produce what is commercial and in your busy life, find some time just to please yourself.

    • Thanks for the well wishes James. I love photography. If ever it becomes a burden, I’ll re-think the direction I am going with it. So far, it just makes me happy and I’m thrilled to be able to share it with so many others who appreciate it.

  7. Hi, Thank you for stopping by my corner of the web and following my blog! I really enjoyed exploring your site and look forward to seeing more posts in the future.

  8. Good luck Mrs.Robyn. You have a long list of categories, it would take some time to check them all out. Over-all i seem to like your photos.

  9. Hi there
    You have some really nice pictures! I was especially touched by the picture and the poem in memory of the children and their families of Newtown. Thank you for sharing your blog with us!
    Charlie

    • Thank you Fotoandeco for visiting my blog and taking time to comment. I appreciate.
      Unfortunately I do not speak Spanish and could only “guess” what you said, so I went to Google Translate. This is how your comment was translated: Thanks Robyn! for sharing these wonderful images and thoughts with the community wordpress. Congratulations!
      Such kind words from you. Thank you.

      Robyn

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