• New Beginning, New Venture

    For those of you who have stumbled upon my little section of cyberspace, welcome. Please excuse the dust, this is still a work in progress. But, I am really glad you’re here.

    My purpose?

    Entertain. Inspire. Share. Photograph.

    My story?

    In March 2009 I decided to pick up my Kodak Z650 point and shoot camera for the first time in months and start taking pictures. My goal? Take at least 1 photo a day and upload them for a year in the hopes that I could learn a little more about myself and photography. Little did I realize this was a passion in the making for me. The pictures began to consume my hours, my days, my life. I’d sit at work planning my photo shoot of the day. When the photos were done and processed I’d upload to flickr, facebook, twitter. I wanted an audience! I joined photography groups online, read photography blogs, did google searches and soaked in as much information as I could to improve my beginner skills.

    I was a sponge.

    I learned.

    I grew.

    About two months into my photo a day project I hit a wall. My little point and shoot camera was not enough anymore. It had limitations. I needed a fancy DSLR. I wanted better depth of field, larger zoom, more control! I started saving. and saving. and saving.  All the while I continued taking pictures with my Z650 and tried to hone in on my Photoshop editing skills instead of the technical ones.

    Then in May 2009, about 3 months into my project, life took an interesting turn. My husband Brendan (who I will refer to from now on as “The Calmer” because he is the peaceful force in our home) and I got the exciting news that we were expecting our first child. We were ecstatic, and it made my desire for that DSLR even more important. I needed a fabulous camera to take fabulous family photos. As an early baby gift, my parents shockingly generously bought me my DSLR, a gorgeous Nikon D90.  At the same time, my morning sickness took full swing and I could barely function at my day job let alone take pictures.  The morning sickness whisked away my passion to photograph.

    I dropped the photo a day project that same month.

    I figured my passion would return once the baby arrived.

    No worries.

    Until September.

    In September, after multiple abnormal ultrasounds we lost our baby, a girl, at 20weeks pregnant. It’s a long heartbreaking story and I won’t go into the details. We didn’t get to know her for long but we knew she was beautiful. Her name was Bella. Bella Rose. And it’s because of her that I have my passion back. After her passing I needed something to keep me going. Keep me alive. Keep me strong. I picked my D90 back up and started shooting. I want to capture it all. Every little detail. Every moment.

    I hope to share my moments here. I am excited to start a new photography project or two in the coming weeks and tell you more about them.  I also want to start building a photography portfolio. I have my first mother/son photo shoot in a week and a half and I can not wait!  I would love to be able to one day turn this hobby into a side business capturing the moments of others. Friends. Acquaintances. Family.  I hope you’ll take the time to stop by, add me to your blog reader, leave lots of comments and tell me what I’m doing right or doing wrong.

    I still have a lot to learn.

    But I think I’m on my way.

    And I have Bella to thank for that.

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    MomOctober 7, 2009 - 2:52 am

    I am so happy that you are inspired to reignite this passion and talent. From the time you were very small, I have always loved seeing the world through your eyes and now I can’t wait to see the view from your camera lens!

    PhyllisOctober 7, 2009 - 5:39 am

    I absolutely love the pictures you take and am so happy that you are picking up where you left off and moving even further! You blog entry was really touching and I’m glad that Bella was able to give this to you! Good luck and most importantly have fun 🙂

    SarahOctober 7, 2009 - 11:56 am

    I’ll be checking your blog, Beryl. I’m glad to see you finding your passion for photography again.

    Sara McDOctober 7, 2009 - 2:45 pm

    I love it! Your strength, passion, and dedication is inspiring, Beryl. You are one amazing woman! You have such a talent for capturing life’s moments, and I can’t wait to check out all of your future photography projects. I know you have lots of fans already!! 🙂 Best wishes to you!

    SharonOctober 7, 2009 - 2:45 pm

    I can’t wait to follow your blog and your photography!! I know my family already has big plans to help you build a portfolio 🙂

    I am just so happy that you are picking up the camera again – its amazing what art can heal!

    AriOctober 7, 2009 - 10:51 pm

    Aw you made me all sniffly… well I’m excited to see what pictures you’re going to take, you are so very talented!

    BerylOctober 8, 2009 - 12:06 am

    It’s because of you I even started the 365 in the first place so you deserve credit for all of this! If I become a world famous photographer (yeah right!) it’s all because of you. 😉

    AriOctober 10, 2009 - 6:51 pm

    Okay then… so I get a cut in whatever profit you make? *snicker*

    BethOctober 8, 2009 - 7:58 pm

    Okay. I’m bawling.

    It’s nice to see you back active with your pictures. It is beautiful that Bella was able to inspire you.

    MeganOctober 8, 2009 - 4:20 am

    I’m so excited for you, ex-roomie! I’m glad I can follow you through this journey from many, many, many miles away! Miss you.

    DaniGirlOctober 8, 2009 - 1:23 pm

    Oh Beryl, what a lovely start. I’m all choked up! I very much enjoyed your 365 pictures and can’t wait to see what ‘develops’ here. *grin*

    DaniGirlOctober 8, 2009 - 1:24 pm

    Oh! I just noticed you linked to me in the blogroll. Thanks!! 🙂

    SheriOctober 9, 2009 - 6:11 pm

    I am glad Bella has inspired you to pick up your camera again. The photos are BEAUTIFUL just like what Bella’s name stands for.

    curiousillusionOctober 11, 2009 - 4:01 pm

    Added you to my blogroll btw. 🙂

    berylaynOctober 11, 2009 - 4:27 pm

    Thank you!!! Now you just need to encourage your peeps to come visit me. 😉 You seem to be good at acquiring readers.

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