In the time that I’ve been writing here at Today’s Mama, you might have noticed my love for photography. And if you haven’t, well, I love photography. I recently wanted a new and updated family picture, but I’ll admit it, I’m picky. I usually know what I want and that’s a lot of pressure to put on someone! I’ve known Mike Simmons, the face behind S & B Photography, for about 15 years. I called him up and, as you can see, he did an awesome job!
I asked Mike to tell us a little about he got started in photography. I think you will find his answer both interesting and fascinating.
“I didn’t start out as a kid loving the camera or spending much time using one but oh how the times have changed. About 5 years ago I went to South Africa with some friends of mine from Texas. We were going there to work and serve the orphan children who were left to fend for themselves. While I was on that trip, I had a simple point and shoot camera and I found myself wanting to take pictures more and more while I was there. It was great being there and helping but I wanted to take back images with me so that I could remember the trip and everyone’s faces. While we were there, we took a day off from work on Saturday and went to Kruger Park. This was a huge wildlife sanctuary where I would soon ﬁnd myself looking at the wildlife and the landscape not with my own eyes but through the view ﬁnder of my point and shoot! I spent the entire day there taking in the beauty that was Africa and did it while shooting everything in sight.
Upon my return home, I looked at and cherished those images. I immediately began saving for better camera gear! Before long, I was able to purchase my ﬁrst digital SLR and a couple of lenses. The fun and passion ensued. I hoped I would one day be able to return to Africa because I had a new passion for Africa and a new passion for photography and knew I could use that passion over there. I was able to return in April of this year and needless to say, I was back at my photographic birthplace and became a kid in a candy store. My goal was to capture the images of why we were there and all of the children and the mission that Ten Thousand Homes lives by. I wanted to bring those images back and show them to anyone who would listen. I want to promote Ten Thousand Homes and raise money so that one day, I will return, live there, and shoot away!”
The thing I love about Mike is, not only does he put his whole heart into his work, but his humor can relax and bring smiles to even the most stubborn kids who refuse to crack a grin. (And how would I know this? Oh, only because my two sweeties immediately decided once we arrived at our photographic destination that they weren’t smiling. I think it’s the universal idea of kids across the world actually.)
If you live in the Dallas area, and would like some fresh family photos, a wedding photographer, or a special event photographed, contact Mike at S & B Photography! He can be reached by email at TexasLongHornFan@mac.com or by phone at 469.867.0302. You won’t be disappointed!
All family photos taken by S & B Photography and are used by permission. For more posts written by me, visit my personal blog, I Believe In Love.