I was an elementary school teacher who loved her job and loved the kids, but I began to feel like I needed something different. I decided to take a year off to explore some creative interests and still substitute taught. I attended Glassell here in Houston, took some film classes, and did a 1 1/2 year apprenticeship all in the name of a hobby that I had never before really done more than just tinker around with.
People ask me all the time about the name of my business. How did I come up with Three Smudges? The idea of using 'Haley Webster Photography' just didn't feel like ME. It was too formal and stiff and didn't capture what I was about. I decided to name my business for our three Springer Spaniels who were our babies before babies.
Our old house had this picture window in the front and they were CONSTANTLY perched on the couch to look out the window. No kidding- I had the couch recovered at least 4 times. As a result they were constantly leaving smudges from their noses on the glass. At first it drove me nuts... and then one day I just threw up the white flag and I gave up worrying about it because the alternative of them not being there just was too unbearable to think about.
In the end... it's something that has rang true for many things in my life. I can't worry about the almond butter and jelly finger prints on my walls, the muddy stuff on my white jeans, or the sweet, sticky morning syrup kisses I get from my two boys.... I'll take all the smudges. Again and again and again....
About the Business
I have been in business going on 8 years and am located in Houston close to Lamar High School.
I am a lifestyle photographer who uses natural and fill light and I typically shoot at people's homes or a nice outside setting. Newborn shoots I do at clients' homes or my home studio.
Why Photography and Why Families, Kids, and Babies?
I have been asked this before and it can be hard to explain... I'm not sure an artist chooses the medium they work with. I sorta think it chooses them. I can be a very black and white person. This helps explain a little why photography would feel so second-nature to me. It's what is real. It's a moment in time and what was REALLY going on. That is why lifestyle photography also feels more comfortable to me.
I have always said, "you can't lie the camera." And I have always found this to be true. I love how the camera can see what's in the eyes and I have especially loved when photographing children that they have this abandon to them. They don't have the hang-ups that adults have about taking pictures. They laugh and smile with their entire bodies and they do such silly things. The joy just radiates from them. I have always chased these moments with them, from the time they are very little to as they get older.
I also feel that coming from a background in teaching that it was a natural segue for me. It felt like a natural progression career-wise and considering that I still wear converse and usually no make-up... I still feel like a big kid at times.