BetterPhoto Member: Paula Showen

member since 6/22/2003
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Photography is my passion!

I started out using a film SLR PENTAX camera when my daughter was born in 1982. With a manual and camera, I learned to use an SLR the hard way! Like most parents, I was capturing the little snippets of my baby's development and birthdays.

In 1997, I began thinking about getting into photography on a more professional level. I took photography at Central Florida College in Ocala, Florida. I began by taking nature and wildlife photos. I wrote articles and was published in a few Florida local magazines, Florida's State Parks web pages and sold some nature photos.

In the year 2000, I found my interests leaving nature photography and leaning more toward portraiture. I started working with people and discovered that portraiture is what I truly love!

In 2003, I started building my photography business by networking with local art galleries and businesses. Between 2003 and 2005, I was displaying my photography in local galleries, city hall, restaurants and traveled to different art shows, displaying my work on sidewalks and streets. Selling prints encouraged me to keep going! I was delighted to be selling prints for $100 to $400!!! The works that I was selling were artistic portraiture, boudoir and mother and child. I would take on portraiture projects that challenged my creativity.

In 2006, my customer base was building nicely and my business was evolving just as I had hoped. I started mentoring teens who wanted to become photographers. I also began working with the Heart Gallery, taking photos for their travelling wall, in hopes of securing "forever homes" for children needing families. I've done many cancer fundraisers and other causes. I started doing this, because I feel that it's so important to give back. I'm a firm believer of passing it forward.

For the last 3 years, I've been keeping current on the latest trends in portraiture by viewing DVD sessions and lessons regularly. I have also been present in 6 births, photographing and creating memorable DVD slideshows and photos for new parents to cherish forever.