I have been reminiscing a lot lately.

When I was eight years old, I received $40 for my birthday, which was just enough to buy the Polaroid camera that I have been eyeing at Target.  Proudly, I walked up to the cashier and pointed to the locked cabinet where my future camera laid.  I was so proud of my purchase.  That was 30 years ago.

Over the years, I took pictures of everything: my cats, flowers, friends, and the various travels my parents would take me on.  I took some photography classes, and my friends would rave that my photographs look like post cards.

Fast forward to 2007, when my wonderful husband paid $1000 to buy me a Canon Digital Rebel XTi brand new, in box, from Wolf Camera in Dallas.  He knew how much I love taking pictures, and we wanted something that could capture our dogs as they ran around the yard.  I had no intention of photographing people, but a friend of ours convinced me otherwise.  So, I placed an ad on Craigslist that I would photograph 3 weddings for free.  I was booked that day.  On July 12, 2008, I shot my first wedding.  That’s when it all began and my life changed forever…

My first three weddings!

The start of Christina Truelove Photography, Dallas Wedding Photographer.

Mariah & Carl // July 12, 2008 // This was my first-ever wedding.  My husband and I really did not know what to expect.  We met with the couple approximately a week before the wedding and kept reminding them that we had never photographed a wedding before.  A cousin was supposed to do it, but he was no longer able to make it.  We were their only chance to get photos.  (He still ended up making it, anyway).  This wedding was able to get us several others down the road and officially launched my career as a wedding photographer.

Deanna & Willis // August 16, 2008 // We were able to photograph at our college, Texas Woman’s University.  I was so excited!!!  The chapel there is drop dead gorgeous, but so so so dark to shoot in.   Thank goodness we had upgraded our equipment before this day.  This wedding was a BLAST.  We had so much fun!!

Misty & Mark // September 16, 2008 // This wedding was the last of the promotional weddings that we gave away that year.  The guys at this wedding were fun and a bunch of jokesters.

After shooting these weddings together, we started creating a groove for ourselves.  After a wedding day, we would pack up our equipment and load up.  On the way home, we would stop for a drink (soda, guys… we don’t drink on wedding nights) and hash out the day.  We would discuss what went well and what needed improvement.  I think that those discussions were the biggest reason that my business survived through all of the ups and downs that new businesses face.

The ShutterSpire Years —>>>

Come see me and the journey made at my Decade-iversary // August 2, 2018 // 6-9pm // Rusted Rail Golf Club in Crandall, TX

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