That sure went fast. SEVEN years ago I started this little business of mine.
I first discovered my passion for photography when we moved to the West Coast in 2007. I had two young toddlers at the time so it wasn’t easy to travel across three time zones to visit family. I found myself feeling lonely and disconnected and it was heartbreaking that my relatives didn’t know my sons’ personalities. So that’s when I picked up a camera and started snapping away. I wanted to capture every moment from the laughter and the tantrums to the milestones and even the everyday moments in between. I wanted to help tell their story. Photography helped me feel connected again.
It became my lifeline.
The next thing I knew, I was reading books, taking photography workshops and finding different ways to learn the craft. I was hooked! Soon after that, I was photographing pre-school events and friends and family and everything in between. A few years (and thousands of photos later), I realized my passion wasn't just about photography. It was about people. I wanted to help tell other people's stories. I wanted to help them capture beautiful moments. I wanted to help them celebrate life.
That’s when I started mikifoto.
And boy oh boy what a journey this has been! Today I not only capture families and children, but my passion is also to give tween girls and women entrepreneurs a voice through photography. I also added one more son to my boy crew and have moved a few too many times, currently residing in NJ. I feel so lucky to have found this creative road. Photography has lead me to leadership roles, creative collaborations, building communities, launching events and a true love for storytelling.
Call it my 7 year itch, but I still get this feeling that there is still more for me to do. It could be with photography, or some combination or maybe even something entirely new. I am open to new possibilities. I just want to live this life feeling inspired, creative, collaborative and of course, having fun!
Cheers to 7 years and to whatever comes next.