Preserve your memories. Keep them well, what you forget you can never retell. –Louisa May Alcott

I remember when I was in 5th grade waiting for the bus at the bus stop outside my house (I didn’t live in a neighborhood so I had the place all to myself). I would think about things I could do at that very second that would make me remember that moment and never forget all the things going on that day. I remember pinching myself just so I would remember that on that day; the bus was late, I had on my favorite pink shirt with green pants to impress a boy, and I was super anxious about a spelling test.

As I got older, I realized that a camera was much less painful than pinching myself. I would take photos of everything…

…my family, my friends, school events, projects, etc. It was a release and it brought me to a happy place where I would never forget the happiness, the sadness, the joy, the fear, the silliness and the love that was shared. I found it all beautiful in its own way and I’ve always been thankful for each and every memory.

This brings me to today…

Over the last 3 years I’ve spent countless hours and time learning, consuming, and absorbing all I could about the photography industry, the art, and the business. I’ve surrounded myself with friends and mentors. I’ve studied, read, taken classes and used my passion to guide me. My photography journey is not uncommon from a lot of others in the world today and at the end of the day, the thing that makes me unique is….me. My passion to make people happy. To understand the story they want to tell and how they want to tell it. Each of us is unique and each of us has a story to tell and a memory to share.

I have so many people to thank as I continue to share this journey, but my husband and two children are my favorite people to photograph and the most supportive. My husband, Sean and I have been married for 15 years and not only is he the most clever and fun person you’ve ever met but he’s truly taught me what’s it’s like to love and be loved. Declan, our eleven-year old son has the personality of his daddy and loves sports more than any child I know. And Harper, our nine-year old daughter is going to take over the world with her entrepreneurial spirit and creative ideas. These three constantly bring me back to standing at the bus stop and trying to appreciate every smile, every cry, every giggle…every moment that’s possible.

Carmen Doherty Photography was created on the basis of capturing the emotion of your specials moments because like me, I think you want to remember, treasure, and appreciate these memories.

 image curiosity of the uber talented deb schwedhelm