Tell us a bit about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you.
Hello! My name is Michelle and I’ve been pursuing this art of photography for about 6 years now. My approach, or my hope, for my work is to show the Divine things, that they are right there with us all in the every day. I approach each session with a prayer. A prayer that my hands, eyes, and heart all work together to produce an end result that will show it really is all sacred. It doesn’t always turn out the way I had hoped, but when it does, it feels pretty magical.
What about this session was most memorable?
These photos I captured of my youngest, Luke, going out for the morning routine of letting the chickens out of their house. The fog was thick, the air hanging with droplets, and then the sun broke through. I was so excited I had to catch my breath a couple times from running back and forth to align the sun with all the animals and my toddler. I hadn’t touched my camera in almost 2 weeks before this, battling the normal anxiety and heavy that comes to us all every now and then, and this personal session was like a big ole ribbon wrapped present waiting just for me! I will be forever grateful for these photos!
Were there any hurdles?
My little guy is always, always, so excited to get outside, especially to let the chickens out. He was not interested at all this morning and had a little bit of a breakdown. I was super bummed that I had this incredible weather and light and he wasn’t going to act his normal self. Then after a few minutes, he came around, I was giddy.
Your best photographer/session advice?
My best photographer advice would have to be to not over-think it. You have to put so much thought into what you want to shoot and how you want to go about it, but after that let yourself feel. Feel your way through it, allow yourself to be open to it all. And the other thing is the one we all say, only shoot what you love!
What gear was used to achieve these?
Nikon D-610, 35MM
ABOUT THE ARTIST :
I love God, crazy for my husband of almost 19 years, and grateful to be a mother! Photography is my small side job. My main task in this season is homeschooling our three children, homesteading and tending to our small hobby farm. If I’m not shooting with my camera you will probably find me in the garden, or be trying to spin our sheep wool into yarn. It’s a blessed life.