I've loved taking pictures for years. I probably got my first camera around the age of 11 or 12. I always coordinated our family photos growing up and just about every year I asked for newer cameras for Christmas. I always considered it a hobby until I got my first real camera a Sony A6000, but I still didn't know what I wanted to take pictures of. I was looking for my passion, trying to decide what pictures did I take that really made me excited. That's when I had my daughter and the light went on.
I've been a proud Army wife for five years now. It's not always been easy, but it has always been worth it. I've seen some beautiful places and done some amazing things. Yet it wasn't until I got pregnant that I really found my calling and my reason for entering the world of family photography. We took off to the park to do my own maternity pictures and it was so much fun! Capturing those fleeting moments was so important to me and I knew I wasn't alone. I decided then that I needed my own business. I wanted to help others celebrate their families with timeless photos that bring the same excitement to them as they do to me.
In 2017 my husband and I found out we were expecting our first child. When we announced we were pregnant, a lot of people asked me how we were going to raise a child while my husband was in the Army. People asked if he was going to get out, if I was going to home school, if I was going to move home, how would the child cope with the lifestyle, etc. It was only after these types of questions that most people would finally offer a congratulatory response. It broke my heart that people had such negative reactions to raising a child in the military. Yes, it would be hard, but our daughter would come out stronger and more mature than most children. So, we pushed on planning to teach our daughter about the positive aspects of military life.
While doing research on raising children in the military I discovered that dandelions were the official flower of the military child. My heart soared. I’ve never thought of dandelions as weeds. Perhaps it’s the dreamer in me that has always loved to make wishes as I blew the seeds away, but I’ve always loved them. Now that I have a daughter of my own, I see her as my little dandelion.
“They say military children are like dandelions. They can put down roots almost anywhere. They are impossible to destroy. They adapt easily and can survive nearly anywhere. Military children bloom everywhere the wind carries them and they stand ready to fly into breezes to take them into new adventures, new lands and new friends.” - military.com
I chose the name Dandelion Photography based on our little “dandelions.” I want to celebrate the amazing strength and resilience of military children and show those naysayers just how incredible our children are, not in spite of, but because of the military lifestyle. I want to capture those “seeds” as they blow across the many duty stations and the ways they bloom in different situations. Our children are the flowers and we are the ones who make the wishes and help them “fly into the breeze.”