A year ago, I had a dream of becoming a professional photographer. It seemed like a distant dream to a stay at home mom of three young children. Out of sheer frustration, maybe even desperation, I applied to Hallmark and was accepted into the program within a week. I was shocked and still believed it impossible but my husband encouraged me to take a chance.
It is funny how when you want something bad enough, life just falls into place. Before I knew it, we had given up our home, our furniture, our family and friends and moved to Massachusetts where my children entered daycare for the first time in their lives. It was a huge adjustment for all of us but Hallmark Institute of Photography proved worth the sacrifice.
From the moment I walked in to the first day of school, I loved it. Finally I was learning all of things I hungered to learn! Not only that, but I was surrounded by staff and students that were just as passionate about photography as I was! For the first time in my life, I was living and breathing photography. To this day, I still can’t wipe the smile off my face! I cannot get enough of photography!
And now, a year after my husband encouraged me to go after the impossible dream that I wanted so much, I am handing in my final portfolio at Hallmark Institute of Photography! As I turn in my portfolio, my “team” of my husband and children will be by my side. They are my greatest pride and joy.
To all of my models, thank you for your time and trust. I truly enjoyed meeting each of you. And to my first client, Jane, who lead me to the most rewarding job I have ever had, thank you for your encouragement, praise and smile.
Click the link below to view my final portfolio, it appears in the order it will be presented at my portfolio review in early June.