Top middle: Alisha Bacon Photography | Bottom right: Jennifer Kielich Photography
My love for photography began when I was still in elementary school. I carried around a cheap film camera and scouted inside my home and around my neighborhood for beautiful spots to pose my pets, my dolls, and my childhood friends. My favorite spot was a blue marble textured wallpaper under our bar in the kitchen. This became my go-to spot for my first "studio".
After I graduated high school, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my life so I took some college courses, and tried out some jobs in offices and call centers. During this time photography was still a hobby. I would often drag my then boyfriend (now husband) to parks to photograph wildlife during the day and to parking garages at night to capture the city skyline.
Like so many photographers, it was the birth of my first child in 2006 that turned my hobby into something more. That's when I purchased my first professional camera - I wanted to document every minute of my baby's first year. I was obsessed with remembering each little detail and would take dozens of photographs every single day.
Eventually friends and family started asking me to capture their own children, and Tiffany Walensky Photography was launched in December 2008. 14 years and another child later, I am still just as passionate about photography as I was then. Although I'm no longer dragging my husband to parking garages, he does sometimes come along to outdoor sessions to help out. I am a self-taught photographer - I never went to school for photography but I have attended photography workshops with some of the best photographers in the world, including Rachel Vanoven, Laura Brett, Kansas Pitts, and Barb Uil of JinkyArt Australia.
Maternity and newborn photography is where my heart is. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a woman glowing with pregnancy, and getting to show her how breathtaking she is! And capturing a baby that is just days or weeks old is one of the greatest joys in this world. I am honored and so lucky to get to do something that I love - I never take it for granted.