Hey there! I’m Christa. I’d like to take a minute to give you some insights into who I am as an individual and why I chose to jump into photography.
I grew up in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia with my Mom and my Granny. Granny truly was everything to me when I was growing up. She taught me everything I know, even my sass. There was never a stronger influence on me than her and her unwavering love. No matter how many times I messed up, she’d wrap me in a hug and redirect me to the future. Always pushing me to be more because she knew the potential within me before I ever saw it myself.
If you knew me back in High School, I certainly was not an overachiever. I understood everything, I just lacked drive. Marching band was my home in school and nothing else mattered to me. Hence why I skidded through to graduation by the seat of my pants, much to my mother’s demise.
Fast forward to college, I graduated with an Associate of Science in Digital Photography with a 3.98; Magna Cum Laude with the Dean’s Award and as a member of The National Technical Honor Society. It’s funny how driven we are when it’s what we truly want out of life.
Photography continues to be my biggest passion. I love being able to tell the story of those I get the pleasure of meeting along the way through imagery. Not just a piece of paper but a genuine memory for them that is cherished and handed down from generation to generation.
One of my most favorite memories is sitting with my Granny and my Mother, looking through old family albums. Being able to see the resemblance in our faces, laughing at the silly memories, and comforting one another through remembrances of those we can no longer wrap our arms around.
Pictures are priceless for all of our families. As one of my favorite photographers, Dorthea Lange, once said “Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” That moment in time is forever frozen for us to look back on and remember. Especially when life is moving far too fast around us.
My focus in photography is the connection between the people in front of my lens. I want to capture genuine emotions whether it’s a couple smiling at each other in a love only they can understand or adorable giggles shared between a mother and her children. These are the moments we live for, the ones that we cherish the most. It’s those little things that warm our hearts and tickle our souls.
My favorite part about photography is reminding someone that they are beautiful just the way they are, letting them see their beauty through a new perspective; my lens. Trust me, I struggle with my own insecurities as I’ve been big my whole life. That doesn’t mean I’m not beautiful. It took me a really long time to be able to say that and mean it. I don’t need photoshop to make you beautiful, you are already beautiful. I use photoshop to make the background match your beauty.
As an example, I did holiday portraits once where the mother nearly refused to be present in the picture because she felt as though she’d put on a little weight, wasn’t feeling confident. I did my best convincing to get just a handful of shots with her and the kids as well as a picture of her by herself. I managed to giggle with her enough that she finally relaxed and I got some amazing pictures of her. She’d made the joke that I’d need to photoshop them a lot. However, I knew better. I just turned the camera around and showed her the raw image, completely unedited. She scared me at first because she started crying but then she told me it had been a really long time since she felt that beautiful, and that hit me directly in the heart. THIS is why I’m here. THIS is what I should be doing. I want everyone to experience that feeling. I want everyone to remember how beautiful they are both inside and out.
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