Thursday, November 20, 2008

My Beginnings

I have always loved any visual form of art. As a child I was very into drawing, especially horses. I would spend hours sketching drawings and posting them in my room. In High School I continued my love of art and took regular and advanced classes and entered my art in some shows. Then in College I continued my love of art and took undergraduate courses. I did not feel I had the potential to "make a living" as an artist so my interest changed and my love of children and teaching led me to a Masters Degree in Education.

What does this have to do with photography? Well I also loved taking pictures as a child. I have kept some of my old photo albums where there are pictures of my friends and pets, and of course the horse statues that I lined up in the yard and tried to make them look real. I will never forget my disappointment when I realized I left my camera outside in the rain. The camera was ruined. It was a long time before I received another camera. Mostly because my family could not afford it. I think the camera I had been using was a hand me down from my father who also loves photography.

Fast forward into the future many years...
My husband knew I had a love for photography and encouraged me to purchase a 35mm full sized film camera after we were married. I took some amazing photos of our trips and life for a few years. Then I fell in love with the digital world. I felt so creative being able to change settings and try out new techniques without wasting film. I became very serious about photography once I recieved my first DSLR. Since then I have been researching, asking questions and drinking up any information I can find to better myself as a photographer. I don't feel I will ever know everything so I make time daily to research and learn as much as I can about the art.

Photography is something that I truly enjoy. I get very excited about any opportunity that I can get to create images and a lifetime of memories.

I would say my style is modern, natural and creative. I love to get "up close" and really focus on the eyes. I feel they truly are the window to your soul and can express so much emotion. I am willing to take posed images but my favorite are shots taken "in the moment" where the person or child has forgotten the camera is in front of them.

Why choose Melinda Tuttle Photography to be your portrait photographer?
First, Melinda Tuttle will make your photographic session easy-going and fun. Next, she will take the time to make sure each image looks like a work of art. Additionally she will provide you with customer service that stands apart from other studios. When you and your family sit down to view your images, she will make it a relaxed and enjoyable experience without any rushing or hard sales. Finally, she will strive to make sure you are completely satisfied and wanting to come back for more, because most of all she will care.

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