My husband and I met in high school and had shared classes in both Art and English throughout that time. I find it a bit ironic that the shared interests in those topics continue to inform our relationship.My childhood largely consisted of me laying in the California sunshine, lost in the mystery of yet another book. Those were the days! :)
Within a few years of marrying, we moved with our two small children to New York City so my husband could continue his studies in art. I had always appreciated art, but living in NYC awakened so much more than I ever imagined. Rondall often likens our time in NYC to the storyline in the movie “Sabrina”. It was in Paris that Sabrina ‘found herself’ and it was in New York City that we, as a couple and as individuals, found ourselves. The museums and galleries and the breadth of culture in NYC is amazing and invigorating. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced. Though I was not a practicing artist at the time, I was soaking it all in, enjoying the conversation. My artistic sensibilities were being honed, not only through what I saw but through the life, I was living being married to an artist and “deep thinker”. My husband is my dearest friend who has also become my artistic mentor and teacher.
For most of our marriage, my time has been largely consumed with caring for our five children, including homeschooling for thirteen years. It was not until 2011 that I began to emerge from the fog of diapers and lack of sleep and began to pursue photography seriously.
After living about four hours from any major city in our last location, I realized that I am a city girl through and through. I now head into San Francisco with my camera every chance I get. I am convinced that you get out of life what you put into it and that contributing to other’s quality of life is important. The last two years I have enjoyed volunteering with a local Help-Portrait chapter helping to provide the under-served with portraits. I also very much enjoy the breadth of photography on Google+ and am enjoying being a moderator in the ever-growing Landscape Photography community.
I still enjoy a good book, bike rides with my husband, and hikes with the family and our dog. I prefer a “clean eating” lifestyle and enjoyed one for over a year. I would still be following it if life had not had some drastic changes, including a relocation. Of course, there is also the fact that my husband and family were convinced they would have died of starvation should I have continued. ;) I plan to go back to it, but for now, I console myself with the occasional brownie, crisp peanut butter cookie, or dark chocolate covered acai berry. :)
My theology? Without Christ, I am nothing.
By Pamela Reynoso: