Why I Started Professional Photography

May 31, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

For over a decade I taught people how to preserve their photos and memorabilia in scrapbook albums. More than a few times I had been asked if I was a professional photographer… but I didn’t really think much about it, because taking photos was just something I did: it was a family trait. Then, in May 2010, I was downsized from my full-time job. My brother had recently gifted me a digital SLR camera, which finally got me to convert from film, and I thought, “why not?” I had a lot to learn….

I began devouring books, classes, and workshops – both online and in real life. I discovered creativelive.com and Jasmine Star – whose story gave me the courage to keep going, in addition to “posing under pressure” techniques with wedding photography. Then, in March 2012, I was “introduced” (in an online class) to Sue Bryce and glamour photography. THIS IS WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR.

As it turned out, I was photographing anyone who stepped in front of my camera: children, a few aspiring models, and even a dog…. What I wanted to photograph – the driving reason behind this business idea – was women… especially the women busy nurturing everyone and everything, never stepping in front of the camera herself.

I’d found my niche.

And I started applying what I leaned. In August 2012, Se held another class in Seattle, and I was selected as one of her models. Being in front of her camera for just those few minutes taught me almost as much as the rest of the week there. Becoming a member of her continuing education program keeps me not only learning but inspired. Her story, as well, keeps me motivated – as does her ongoing encouragement.

I love being able to share images with women who get to see themselves in perhaps a different light, daring to show themselves and have fun doing it. It’s really the best “job” ever!


Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at [email protected] or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?


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