I would love to participate in an Archeological dig, hike to Machu Picchu, and see the Northern Lights.
— Lydia

Brief history about me:

I am a thirty-something wife and Mother of 3 kids - 9, 7, and 3.  I grew up in the DFW area in Texas and moved to Virginia about 2 years ago for my husband's career in the DC area.  I love all things space, sci-fi, and archeology. I enjoyed working in the NICU as an RN for 7-8 years until I had my own family and decided to stay home with them. I also volunteered at our church teaching preschoolers how to sing, dance, and worship for 3 years.

Why I became a photographer:

I have always enjoyed looking at photos as a kid, whether it was of family or the locations we visited on vacation.  My Mom really tried to capture all the details of our vacations, but sadly was rarely on the lens side of the camera.  When she passed away this became even more clear as we couldn't find many photos of her.  She just really didn't like her photo taken.  Which never made sense because she was beautiful, but she didn't know it.  Shortly before she passed I had my second child and my point and shoot camera broke.  So when my birthday came around my husband bought my my first DSLR and I was hooked.  I loved capturing my kids milestones and before long my friends were asking me to photograph their families.  It wasn't long before I was a paid photographer. 

What is my favorite part of being a photographer:

I love interacting with kids and seeing what really makes them giggle.  Kids are so honest, they don't hide their feelings.  So when I get a laugh I know that it's  really them! 

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My Favorite Shows:

The X-Files - and I'm so excited that it's coming back!  My Popcorn will be popped and the kids will be in bed.

Fixer Upper - You never know what you've got 'til it's gone.  I never even thought about living in Waco when I lived in DFW.  It was just  a place you had to drive through to get to South Texas.  Austin would also be top on that list of places to move. 

Arrow - I'm a sucker for a good superhero vigilante show.  I also watch The Flash and I'm looking forward to the spin-off.  

Just about anything archeology related.  Discovery, History channel, and Science channel are usually on.

Dirty Jobs - Who doesn't love Mike Rowe?  That guy is willing to do anything!  And he praises the men and women who do those gross things for a living.  We need more people like him lifting up these people.


What's on my bucket list?:

  • See and photograph the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)
  • Print my own photo of the Milky Way Galaxy
  • Take my kids to the Bahamas
  • Learn to use my Mom's watercolors.
  • Print more of my own family's photos
  • Find a worthwhile charity to volunteer for.
  • Tour Europe
  • Hike to Machu Picchu
  • See the Easter Island Heads
  • Participate in an archeological dig.
  • Invent something useful
  • Master the next thing on my Photography skill list.  There's always something to learn.
  • Shoot a wedding