I am almost 52 years proud (well... I will turn 52 in July) and I am a wife, mom to 4 young adults and a grandma to 2 adorable young men and a gorgeous young lady!!!!! We have 2 dogs who like to act like children and hang out with me in my office... one being a rescue dog who has become my favorite! I enjoy my family, yoga (especially at All Things Serenity Yoga Studio & Event Center located in Union City, MI) kayaking on lakes, gardening, birds, essential oils and really anything to do with nature, natural lighting and the outdoors. I love my lifestyle of attempting to live more Natural and Chemical Free life!
My true passion in photography has been inspired by my own kids. My kids were heavily involved in sports and school activities and maturing faster than I could believe... I remember looking through my son's senior portraits as I was uploading them to the computer and realizing that Ben was not my little boy any more... he had grown into a fine young man and with me, as his mom, photographing those moments in his life meant the world to me and still do!!!
With that said... I started Photography by Char because of my kid's, their friends and their parents. Thru out all the years I have been a BUCS Soccer Coach, an athlete's parent and an employee in the school system. I have interacted with athletes, parents, coaches and sports photographers from all angles. I went through a period of time where had a hard time sitting and watching all of the sporting events my kids were in... don't get me wrong... I loved seeing my kids participate but I will also admit that I would get bored in the stands!!! So... I got out my camera and I started photographing them during their games. I remember one of my daughter's friends parent asking me "What do you do with all those pictures?" and when I showed her... she started to purchase my images... and that is really how Photography by Char was born!!! But some of you may have remembered it first as "Char's Photography."
Multiple times I have been asked, "When did you start photographing?" this has been a hard question because I started my photography career years ago (before digital cameras) but then I left the field for a while. I took 35 mm film classes way back when where I learned how to develop my own film and process my own prints in a real dark room. I did more portrait work back then with some lifestyle photography. When I returned to photography... it was digital and it was a hard transition at first... BUT when I realized that everything that I had learned way back when with film photography and in the dark room still applied... even in the digital world... I was fine. You see...photography is still a 2 step process 1) Take your pictures and 2) Develop your images. Instead of a dark room... I just have a computer and Photoshop where I have written my own actions for processing all of my sports images.
I have been described as "not your ordinary sports or portrait photographer." I always start a portrait session by asking, "What would you like to do?" and then I adapt the session to photograph you and your team or I give suggestions to help get your session started. When I go to a game, many times you will find me checking out the facilities and watching for a few minutes attempting to pick up on anticipating what you are going to do. You will find me observing and learning who you are, how you compete and what is important to you instead of attempting to control every aspect of a setting, pose or interfering with a game.
Pssst... meet my grandchildren, BROOKS & LEO... and PAISLEY...