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Welcome to Tonka Candid! This is essentially my creative space where I experiment & play & think about finding new ways of creating meaningful work for others using my camera. Brian, my husband, is a software developer by day and helps out behind the scenes in a million ways. But more importantly, Brian is the drone guy and does all the areal imagery. We always have lots of projects & collabs going on, so visit often! Or contact me to join in, I'd love to work with you!
It's funny, but photography was originally more a logistic career move than one born of artistic expression. As a long time piano teacher + music major, I already had my "muse" at the piano. But when my youngest kiddo was preparing for kindergarten, I realized needed a day job! "Hey, I could do Real Estate photography!" Sounds practical. So I bought a camera, invested in a mentor, bought a slew of online courses and got going.
What started as a part time endeavor quickly turned into a true passion as I realized just how fulfilling photography is. And how absolutely important it is! When I was growing up, my family didn't place much value on "family pictures" other than the classic church directory shot. When I was 22, I lost my mom to breast cancer. It was the hardest thing I've ever lived through. At 24, my Dad moved out of my childhood home, and pulled up to my apartment one afternoon with six grey tote boxes filled with every loose photo, print, and album that documented my life to that point. In the mess I found about 12 photos of my Mom and I together. Now that I have 2 boys of my own, I make sure we purchase family photos every year, for me and for them. I want to be able to see their little faces growing up, and show them what a special relationship we have. This is probably at the root of my "why" behind choosing to create lifestyle film & photo sessions. I know how busy life gets, and how easy it is to get stuck scrambling to do all the things and not have a moment to stop and take a picture with your loved ones. Let's change that!