This months ‘Featured Artist’ is Tonya Mancuso of Moments by Mancuso. Tonya’s beautiful shares wowed our team in July and we are so happy to have her on the blog this month. Tonya has such a beautiful eye and amazing talent, we adore her images.
We asked Tonya what inspires her to pick up her camera and start shooting,
‘When I got my first DSLR, I had recently given birth to my first born. Like many other photographers I know, the goal was capture as much of my baby’s childhood as possible. I didn’t want to miss a thing and I wanted to have something tangible to remember it by.
When I was young, we had a house fire and all my pictures burned down with it. I have always longed for those moments that I will never get back. As much as we think we will never forget a specific moment, we do! More life memories take their place and only photographs can keep you from forgetting it completely.
I want to make sure that I have these visual moments for my daughters. Getting into photography has not only helped me achieve this, it has given me new “eyes”! When I am behind the lens, I become an observer of the moment and everything is enhanced. So milk puddles on the floor, no longer make me a frustrated mom who has to clean it up. I grab my camera and I document the little hands swirling it around, the tiny tongue licking it off the floor, and the small toe prints scattering around the kitchen. I soak it all in, I laugh and I enjoy the moment! How much joyful my motherhood has become because of my new “eyes”!
Although I still pick up my camera to provide my kids with as many memories as possible, it has become just as important for me as it will be for them!'
You can see more of Tonya’s work here on Facebook
Now for some beautiful images <3