How it all got started
It all got started many years ago with just an afternoon of family pictures. After traveling to Pennsylvania to visit family, we decided to take a few photos. My daughter had a new pink dress with white lacy socks and white patent shoes. I was just hoping to get a really great picture before she lost all interest. Let’s just say, I had to work a lot harder to get her to smile than I ever had before.
After trying bribery and giving up on fixing her socks so they were still folded just the right way...I threw up my hands and gave up. Then my Dad stepped in (to the rescue) and put his hat on her head. She found the football that had been tossed around the yard earlier that day and all of a sudden we had a smile.
Without her knowing a thing, because Grand-daddy had her complete attention, I got the picture!!!
A little later that afternoon, we headed to the old Pharmacy store to get the film developed. (yes film) I’m sure it was a day or so later, and I returned to pick up my pictures. I was met with a smile and a request to display my photo in their photo area!!!! What???? Never in a million years did I ever expect my photos to be display worthy. (Other than the grandparents that displayed all of them) ;)
It sparked a desire in me! I began studying and trying everything I could to capture the perfect pictures. 12 years later, RTM by Erica was established.
After moving to Texas, everyone said you have to take Bluebonnet pictures!!! Well they were right. It is my favorite season to photograph. Even the smallest patch is a fun challenge!!!
This picture of my girls inspired me to learn more about my camera. It was time to get out of “auto” mode. Into Ritz Camera I went. I stood at the counter and started asking questions. One of the employees asked to see my pictures. He immediately said you need to change your aperture. What? How? Pat then gave me homework. He sent me out across Arlington to take pictures changing all of my aperture and shutter speed settings. That was a life changer for me!!!!!
I could do this photography thing!!! It made sense, it made me excited, it made me keep hunting for more bluebonnets!!!