Happy 10 year Anniversary!!

Colorado Springs Photographer

WOW! I can not believe I am sitting here today, as a Colorado Springs Photographer, writing about this ten year photography journey. What a great ten years it has been!

I get asked a lot “What made you get started in photography?” The answer, is much like many other photographers, so I think anyway, I started when my oldest was born. Becoming a first time parent, I never dreamed the nightmare I would walk through. I had a perfect pregnancy, perfect delivery, and then to find out my daughter was born with a heart condition. Without immediate surgery, she maybe had two weeks to live. Yes, talk about scary! As a first time parent, you are excited and yes, even scared for the journey ahead. At just 5 days old, our sweet baby girl, underwent heart surgery at Denver Children‘s Hospital. It was at this time, when I was told by the Dr. “Melissa, you must understand, your daughter is so little (she was 5 pounds) she may not come out of this alive.” And the tears fell. How could they not right? I believe, in those moments, I cried and prayed harder than I ever had in my entire life.

Seeing your child come out of surgery, attached to so many wires and monitors, its a bit overwhelming to say the least. However, I knew, in those moments, I wanted to capture every moment with her. Never knowing what the journey ahead had in place for us. So, it was then that I picked up my camera and never turned back.

Here is what she looked like just after coming out of surgery. Heart breaking…I know.

Colorado Springs Newborn Photographer

13 years later, our daughter is a thriving teenager with all the mood swings, attitude, kindness and love you could image. I am beyond thankful and grateful for her. Colorado Springs Photographer

In 2011, I decided to turn my “I am a mom with a camera” gig and turn it into a business. Like most other photographers, I started slow. Offering sessions to friends and family to just build up my portfolio. A few months into it, things took off, fast! In 2016 I was able to leave my full time job in Medical Sales and I took on the full business owner title. Scary, yes! Exciting, OH YES! I walked away, COLD STONE WALKED AWAY from a very high paying very faithful job, to follow my dream of capturing memories for people to remember always! I knew in my heart, this is where I wanted to be. Having the faith to continue to walk forward day by day and knowing there was something greater ahead.

Here we are 2021, and I am loving this job more than I ever knew I could. Capturing just over 1000 newborns, hundreds of maternity, family, children and high school seniors. I am honored to have been part of these moments for so many families!

If you are interested in booking a session visit my website: www.lifephotographybymelissa.com for more information.

 

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