and welcome to my blog! My name is Sandy Davis. I've been a Photographer since 2004. I recently decided to give my website a new look and to start blogging a little bit and share some knowledge with you of things I've learned over the years. But first let me tell you a little bit about myself.
I was born and raised in Germany. I finished college as a fashion designer. Yes, I also modelled a little bit in my young days.
After falling in love with an army man, I decided to follow him to the United States. Soon after we got married in Ft Stewart, GA our son Jeffrey was born in January of 1995.
Being in the military means moving all the time. We've been in many places in the last 25 years, Vilseck, Ft Stewart, Zanesville, Buedingen, Grafenwoehr and Woodbridge. We met great people and lifelong friends along the way. I really enjoyed moving around and got to see a lot of different parts of the world. You get used to it so much, that even now after we settled down here in Virginia you feel like you need a change after 3 years.
In 1999 our son Jordan was born, to make our family complete. My boys are my biggest accomplishment in my life. I don't know what I would do without them!
I was mostly a house wife taking care of the family and a photographer of my own kids, which I'm sure was very annoying o them.
In 2001 we got custody of my husbands daughter Stacia. I really started taking more pictures when my kids started playing sports. I combined my photography skills and computer skills and created great photos and collages. At least I thought I was, lol. I have to thank all my Zanesville peeps that trusted me and gave me a chance to experiment. Looking back at some pictures now I notice I had no clue what I was doing.
I started to buy more professional equipment and set up a little studio at my home on Convers Ave. I remember getting my first Canon Power Shot and was shocked when the pictures came out blurry. Now I know it's not so much the type of camera you use, but the way you operate it.
In January 2004 a big tragedy hit us. My 16 year old stepdaughter was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. Even though she was sick, we had many photo sessions together. She loved taking pictures and never gave up hope. I had to put my dreams on hold for a while to take care of her and the rest of the family. Sadly, only one year later she passed away. It’s when I noticed how important a single photograph could be.
In 2007 we returned to Vilseck Germany and my business grew pretty fast. I had a little studio in my house for a while and opened a huge studio in November 2011. Oh, how I miss it and the people that worked for me. One of them was my sister Sylvia. I still dream of doing it all over again here in the United States, only if she could move closer to me!! We had so much fun while working hard, but it really never felt like work.
I photographed anything from sports, seniors, families, babies, schools, daycares, events etc. I attended a lot of workshops and took online classes to master my skill.
After 7 years, in summer of 2014 we returned to the states. We settled down and bought a house in Woodbridge, VA and I continued doing what I love. I photograph mostly on location and at events. I can't talk my husband into giving up his man cave, but believe me, I'm still trying! Lately, I've been working on templates and other digital items that I want to offer to other photographers.
My newest highlight of my life is my grandbaby. Braxton was born in September 2019 and he's our everything. Isn't he cute?
I'm sure he's going to be the most photographed grandbaby in the whole wide world. We already had a few Photo Sessions in the last six months.
I love the ability of my camera freezing LIFE for an instant.
The idea of creating something that people will truly cherish, is more gratifying than anything I had ever done. I feel so honored to be photographing other families and helping them document their own memories.