I have to admit I was hesitant to make this blog post and I'm very shy about having my life in the open for people who I don't know to see. I have entered so many homes and in some way have become part of so many families life that I wanted to share a little bit about me and maybe inspire and empower women out there who are in my situation and can relate to me.
Let me begin by apologizing for any mistakes when it comes to grammar as English is not my first language and I wanted to keep this real and write as I think.
As many newborn and family photographers, my love for photography started photographing my own children.
A few months after Isabella (my youngest) was born me and my ex husband of 8 years split. I like to think of myself as a person who takes a bad situation and turn it into something positive. At the time I was doing my externship as an ultrasound tech and living life as a newly single mother of three and I knew I needed a hobby, something to keep my mind occupied and cope with the loss of my marriage.
So I borrowed an old Canon Rebel XSi and a kit lens from one of my best friends and starting practicing and taking a million photos of my little ones.
I admit my photos were not exactly "work of art" at the beginning, I had to learn how to use my camera in different lighting settings and learn to properly edit a photo but I was DETERMINED!
I joined a group of mommies who were passionate about photography like me and have become cyber friends, we have laughed, cried and share so much about each other these last years and grown as professional and women together. I got to meet a few and other ones that I have not met but consider friends and talk to every day. They were life savers, and came into my life when I needed them the most. Truly a blessing!
At least I had a really cute subject to practice on :)
As time went by I was learning and rather quick, I spent countless hours, days, weeks, reading studying and practicing until I saw some progress. But needed to learn how to use better locations to shoot. Railroad photos (that had been inactive for years). Bad mommy hehe!
I remember thinking these were so good!
I don't want to bore you with the whole story but one thing I have to say is that I was able to build a business out of my passion. How cool is that?
I have been capturing memories for families all around NJ and NYC for almost 3 years and loving every single minute of it and I don't want to toot my own horn but I like to say I'm one of the best (If not the best) newborn photographers in my area and I'm very proud of it.
Life is not always peaches and cream but these kids inspire me to do my best each day. I like to think once they are all grown up they are going to look back and be so proud and happy for all the amazing memories that I have captured of them. My Son Allan says he want to be a "photoshooter" when he grows up. I take that as a compliment because I think my goal of making them proud is actually happening.
I have started focusing on capture their personalities, fun and laughter and want to do the same for all NJ and NYC families as a lifestyle photographer and is a project I have started to take on. It will take time for families around this area to wrap their head around this idea since traditional portraits have been the norm for years and years but I'm positive this will work as photography has evolved so much over the years.
This photo was taken at the same spot as the first photo, same cute little girl
Since every story deserves a happy ending I want to share that yes I found love again, I found Prince Charming at a later age who fills my days with happiness, and love and laughter. I have gained a few wrinkles on my face from smiling so much these past 2 years and would not have it any other way!
This is me, this is my life.
Giselle Salazar Photography is a Passaic County NJ newborn, maternity and family Photographer based out of woodland Park NJ and serves locations around the NJ area including but not limited to Somerset County, Morris County, Hunterdon County, Middlesex County, Union County, Warren County, Essex County, Hudson County, Monmouth County Jersey shore and NYC. Looking for a newborn, maternity and family Photographer in New Jersey?