So many photographers can say they grew up taking pictures. Not me. I grew up wanting to be a detective. Or a newspaper reporter.
While I was having an affair with words and mysteries, my parents bought me a used “real camera” from a pawn shop when I was 12. I didn’t know the slightest about how to take photos; teaching myself wasn’t easy to do since the Internet had yet to put knowledge at everyone’s fingertips. So in my drawer is where that camera stayed, and instead I bought a lot of disposable cameras to bring with me everywhere. All I had to do was point and shoot.
But in college, on the path to a degree in magazine journalism, I took a photojournalism class and learned the technicalities of photography. The first wedding I shot was of a couple in their late 80s. They showed me that true love is beautiful — and possible — at any age.
When I finally went digital, there was no looking back. I started my photography business in 2007, while we lived in Columbia, Mo.. At that time, I could only work on evenings and weekends as I also had an 8 to 5 job in marketing/PR. We moved to Kansas City in 2009, and shortly after, I made a leap of faith (and fear!!) and kicked my steady paycheck to the curb so I could focus solely on my business full-time. There hasn’t been a day that I’ve regretted that decision. I’ve been able to connect with most amazing families, couples and babies, and I’ve gotten to witness all forms of love. It’s not easy to own my own business, but it sure helps that I truly love what I do.
But what I love even more than my career is my family. I am so lucky that I get to share my life with my supportive and witty husband, Neil, our charming and hilarious son, Weston, and our stubborn, hungry but cuddly cat, Kramer, and our younger cat, whom we got in January of 2017, Moxie, who is hilariously silly and ornery and playful and the list could go on and on.
When I’m not working, most of my free time is devoted to my darling son, but I also love to cook, stream TV shows, play board games or video games with mysteries/puzzles, eat, read and explore Kansas City. Ok, I like to shop, too.
If there is anything else you want to know about me, just ask!
Darbi G. at Play
Want to see me at work? Just think, you and I could be having this much fun!! 😉
A note: I stopped entering photography contests because I decided to instead focus on what clients think of me, instead of industry peers/judges. So you won’t find me continually touting a new award–regardless whether I could ever win. I just try to hone in on the important stuff because it can get suffocating to stake your self-worth on something that, in the end, doesn’t matter. 🙂
Other links about me:
A slideshow I wrote for Glamour.com about tips to look good in photos
Exposure Manager, my former photo gallery company, featured me as their first spokesperson for their blog.
One of my photos was featured on MSN.com for a feature on Trashing the Dress.
Covered in an article about Columbians who blog
(And then I stopped entering contests and started shooting for my clients instead of worrying about my peers. ha)
By Jennifer Van De Vyvere (Yaple)…don’t judge the logos
Extreme Bridal (song by Confident Years)
My college capstone story (investigative report for the Columbia Missourian)
Vox article on Spelunking in Missouri
(and apparently all the rest of them aren’t in the archives…digital just wasn’t the same “back then”…hahah)