December 25, 2017

My reason why…

December 24, 2017

Hello friends! Thank you for stopping by to take a look at my obsession! I am Mandy and I am a wife, mom of twins and a people person. I am all about creating memories to last a lifetime, even if that means making a fool out of myself. I live in Colorado Springs but love to travel for my business because it gives me a reason to let my husband have some time with the kids 😉 (at least that is what I tell myself!)

My story is a little different from most. It is true like most photographers that I have always loved taking photos, whether that be with my phone or a disposable camera (does that show my age a little?) However, even though I was taking pictures all the time, I LOVED to be in them! I modeled when my husband, Caleb, and I lived in Joplin, MO and Kansas City and I had a blast. I did everything from pin-up to editorial to even runway. One time I had to walk a runway over a pool and I just congratulated myself that I did not fall in it! We loved to Colorado and I did a few modeling gigs here and decided that maybe I would give an agency a try.  To my dismay, I went in for my appointment and it was like I was naked in front of these ladies and they pointed out every flaw I already knew I had and told me that if I lose weight (mind you I weighed 130 and am 5′ 10″) and grew out my hair again I might have a chance.  This broke my self-esteem in half and I was so upset.  To think that you have to starve yourself to be a model, is what is wrong with the world. While modeling is giving more opportunity nowadays to all sorts of people, in 2013, this was not the case.  Anyhow, I decided I was not going to cave to the agency and figured this was God’s way of telling me that maybe it was time to focus on my marriage and ultimately starting a family!

I loved creating the emotion in front of the camera and so I know that is the reason I love taking pictures so much!  I can of course pose people and ask them to smile, but would you rather have a pretend smile out of your toddler or the joy and laughter they have? For me, candid pictures are where it is at. I capture so much emotion and real interaction between the posed shots!  This is why I am drawn to the engagement and wedding scene. The love between two people will continue but the start of that love is filled with so much passion that it is so much fun to be a part of that!

Thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little better and I look forward to working with you!


 Mandy Penn 

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