Welcome to TraciJillPhotography.com!
What can I tell you about me? Well, for starters, I am a born and raised New Yorker, with a love for art from an early age. I still remember coming home from school with drawings and paintings from art class that I was proud to have up on Mom's fridge. I was so in love with the feeling of creating something beautiful, that I begged my mom to sign me up for classes outside of school. While painting and drawing were the focus, for five years I got to explore my creativity and I loved every minute of those days. I found the need to express myself through art was like most people's need for air. It would ultimately begin my passionate journey to photography.
In high school, I was always the one with the camera around, in everyone's faces, acting like Paparazzi. After graduating, I attended the University of Wisconsin in September of 2001. Shortly after, the home I just left was attacked by the most inhumane event of my lifetime. It was hard being hundreds of miles away, but I remember seeing all of the photos from the day and days after and feeling the raw emotion of New York and it's inhabitants coming to life right in front of my eyes. I didn't have to be there, because I felt the pain, I felt the love, and I felt the humanity just from the photos. I knew in that moment that I had to find a way to create photos that evoke real and passionate feelings.
I applied to the Photojournalism track in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication as quickly as I could. I received entry into the school right away, but just my luck, at the same time I applied, they removed the track from the curriculum. I was bummed, but I knew that I could still continue to nourish my love, while continuing my education.
I learned that I am passionate about many things, and so followed the Strategic Communications track, eventually landing a career in Digital Media. While this has allowed me to express my creativity, it could never replace my love of the camera. And so, I never really put my camera down. Shooting behind the scenes, on vacations, of friends and family, gave me an outlet. But finally, I am ready to make a side career of it, because I've always wanted to be able to say "I LOVE my job".
In summary, I've always loved the way a camera can capture a fleeting moment in time; a moment that cannot be duplicated, cannot be recreated. But it can be recorded. That's why I'm a photographer. Because I believe in the importance of capturing a moment. Life's most precious moments.