About me - to capture the moment / by Carey

I'm a very strange combination. I love math and science. I love straight lines. Black and white. I love lists and putting information in tables. I love to research -- anything. I was formally trained as a chemical engineer!

And yet, there is an artistic soul deep within me. I love music (and miss my clarinet deeply). I love to create with my hands. I love to create beauty. I love to craft and sew.

For three-and-a-half years, I worked in the corporate world as a chemical engineer. Nearly every moment I spent there was miserable. I realize now that I didn’t thrive in this job because I was denying an inner artist that desperately needed nourishing. Becoming a stay-at-home wife, and then a stay-at-home mom allowed me to retire from engineering and start a new life journey. Even on our hardest days, I am incredibly grateful for the gift of being with these precious lives — cherishing and nurturing the little souls that God has entrusted to me.

Even as a child with a cheap-cheap-cheap point and shoot camera, I was developing my eye for photography. As a teenager, I was trying to capture the moment with my friends. Just before graduating from college, we decided to invest in a "real" camera for our honeymoon trip to Hawaii. The nice lady at the camera store steered us to the Nikon N65 and we got a mac daddy lens with a mac daddy zoom, for great Hawaii landscape shots.

I loved that camera. It opened my creative world. Believe it or not, though, that camera never left the automatic modes while in my possession! I was too fearful of wasting money on film for useless images. My mother gifted me our first dSLR in June 2005 -- a Nikon D70. I had held off on entering the digital photography world up to this point because I wanted an SLR camera, and the digital ones were SO expensive then.

One day I decided to try to master the manual modes on the camera, and I've never looked back. It's been quite a journey and I've come so far, with so far yet to go! Some very amazing and generous people in my life have helped me SO much! Oh, how I love this creative outlet. It is a perfect blending for me, because my hobby that makes me happy and nourishes a huge part of my soul involves the little blessings I spend each day with! I have loved artistically capturing all these memories of my children.

In March of 2009 I began asking friends and family if I could photograph them, as a means of broadening my experience and practice. My heart overflows with emotion at being able to provide others with these types of images to cherish forever. My profession is motherhood. I am a wife and mommy first. I take this role and the role of wife incredibly, incredibly serious. Thus, my time for pursuing this interest is drastically limited.

My creative outlet is photography. I believe that God has given me this talent and I am so grateful. I view doing this for my friends as a form of ministry. It is an ultimate goal to use my talents in some way to more directly bring glory and honor to Him. I don't know what that will look like yet, but I'm trying to keep my heart and eyes open. But I am incredibly blessed to have the ability to have a creative outlet that I can do during these early child rearing years.

My ultimate goal is to be on the staff of a local photography studio. I hope that by the time the kids are in school and this is an actual option for me, that my talent will be close to their level!