Lael Jacklyn: Cataloging Life’s Little Moments



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I am passionate about freezing moments in time. Mid-way through my first pregnancy, I learned the power of photography first hand. My sister lost her life long battle with Cystic Fibrosis. As my family divided up the tasks for her memorial, I chose to create a slideshow of her life. While digging through boxes of photos and folders of digital files, it struck me that the most arresting images were not the staged portraits, but the simple images of real life. Sadly, those photos were few and far between. Since that experience, I continually strive to document everyday life, not just the big moments.

I am currently a stay-at-home mom of two rambunctious little boys. In the past, I pursued a career in libraries and earned a Bachelors in Communications and a Masters in Library and Information Sciences. I have been drawn to photography for as long as I can remember and love purchasing it for my home. In a college film studies course, I fell in love with the ability of film to tell stories visually. Since having my boys, photography has given me the ability to tell their stories. I am self-taught, and a firm believer in consistent professional development through photography courses, personal projects, and constant practice.

I love black and white photos. If you come to my home you’ll see most of my walls covered in them.

I love to travel and we will try most things even with two toddlers in tow including camping, road trips, and cruising.

I find purging and donating items from our stuff cathartic. Though I will say that I am a terrible house keeper and still manage to have constant clutter despite my love of purging clutter.

It has been hard since having children, but my husband and I enjoy ballroom dancing and will kick up our heels any opportunity we get even if we are the only ones on the dance floor. Post-bath dance parties with the boys constitute the majority of our dancing these days.

My husband is a cat lover and I am a dog lover. We compromised on a pug mutt. 🙂
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