I can’t remember not having a camera in my hands…even as a child. There is just something amazing about being able to permanently capture life’s moments. Once I became a mother, the fascination grew stronger.
Eight years ago I started Jennifer Hagler Photography, a lifestyle based photography business that focused on children and family portraiture. As the years have passed, I have expanded into many other areas of photography including weddings, corporate, event and stock photography, but my love will always be lifestyle.
As my own children have grown older, in looking back a snapshots taken over the years, I realize that the ones which make me smile or cry are the ones that bring me back to a specific moment in their lives. Not the ones with a “perfect smile” or even the ones where they are happy. It is the ones that simply show life. In all its imperfections. Life is messy, sad, chaotic, happy, mysterious, unpredictable, amazing, frustrating, joyful…the list goes on. All of these combined is what makes life so incredible. And for someone who loves nothing more than to capture life, it is like an all you can eat buffet, just slow down enough to take it all in. When we can step back and look for small moments and realizing the value that each moment brings, whether through smiles or tears, then that is when we can truly appreciate the gift that is life.