Photography and art have been lifelong pursuits for me, from the very first Polaroid I took as a toddler to the digital images I create today. As someone who often hated posing for photos throughout my childhood, I understand innately what a great photo can do to bolster confidence and positive self-image. Inciting these feelings in people who are typically reluctant to pose for photos is a great achievement, and makes what I do so fulfilling.
Creating images isn't just about the end result; the process is the most fun for me. Because my specialties are portraiture and candids, capturing authentic emotion is my ultimate goal in any shoot. That emotion doesn't always have to be of a positive nature — the expressions elicited by our range of emotions often lead to more intriguing images than those created through careful posing and specific direction.
The people I shoot aren't just subjects, they're developing friends. I like to get to know the people I photograph: what makes them happy, what makes them mad, what makes them human. I believe we are all connected through our human spirit and if we just take a few minutes to talk to each other, we find more commonalities than dissimilarities.
I absolutely love creating art for a living, and even more, creating new friendships with every person I shoot. Everyone should have at least one photo of themselves they love, and I believe I can help everyone get that image.
My photography career started back in primary school when I really wanted a camera, but wasn't allowed to have one because my older sister had lost hers on a field trip. After I got over my jealousy and frustration, I started playing with cameras already in the house.
In high school, I saw a photography elective as a great way to wander the halls while my classmates had to study books. Don't worry though, not only did I get good grades in advanced courses, I was also a pretty decent photographer.
While in college, I became a SCUBA instructor which eventually saw me taking an underwater photography course from a NatGeo photographer. This was still in the very early digital days when film provided a much higher quality image.
Film also meant I had up to 36 attempts to get a good shot. Of moving objects. With mandatory dual strobes due to color loss in Pacific Northwest waters. While monitoring my gas supply, buoyancy, and positioning in the water.
What I'm getting at is that I had to really have a pretty good grasp on the technical nature of photography, like understanding the relationship between shutter speed, aperture, and ISO (to an extent, it's not like I could change the ISO of film mid-roll).
After that time, photography has always been more of a hobby than a potential career. I focused on underwater photography, landscapes, and macros. I actually sold some prints, so by some definitions became a "professional photographer" years ago.
We lived in several tourist destinations before landing in Orlando, and traveled frequently. During our travels, we consistently encountered other tourists who wanted a group photo, asking one of us to take the shot.
The compliments we received, even when simply using camera phones, made us realize we both derive a great amount of love and joy from seeing people's reactions to our compositions. This inspiration ignited the spark that led us to create Worldly Visions.
Something we discovered early on in the process is how well we work together. We assist each other with posing, lighting, positioning for locations, and creative ideas. By the end of a session, most people regard us more as friends than hired professionals because of our outstanding rapport with each other and our clients.
Creedence shared her knowledge and experience working as a professional portrait photographer in Orlando's tourism industry, which led to us developing our plan to create art for families, friends, and everyone in between. We are both excited about the opportunity to share our love of art and photography with the world!