Many people are nervous about hiring a photographer. Folklore suggests that photographs steal forever a part of your soul. I choose to believe that photographs preserve a part of your soul – as we are constantly changing, growing and evolving, a photograph helps to preserve you, your hopes and dreams, fears and insecurities at that moment in time, forever. Photographs are physical memories. Letting a person, a stranger, access this aspect of yourself can be a scary concept. I feel that to establish the proper photographer/subject relationship, introductions should first be made. So, without further ado, I would like to introduce myself, my family, and my soul to you – as I hope you will someday introduce yourself to me.
My name is Pamela McGrath. I was born and raised on Bell Island, Newfoundland, and I currently reside in Torbay. I was blessed with two wonderful parents, who encouraged me to follow my dreams, and I have amazing sisters who have in turn given me a truckload of very entertaining and beloved nieces and nephews. Considering that I also have some pretty amazing friends, I felt that I really couldn’t ask for any better. Then, I was blessed with my own beautiful little family – Blaine, and our daughter (my muse) Julia.
Photography wasn’t always a passion of mine. However, shopping was (and is). I can’t confess to always having had a passion for photography, but I have always loved buying cameras. I have also always considered myself creative, and there are many times when encountering a craft, a particular hairstyle, or a painting when I thought to myself, “I could create that.” So, when Julia was born I dusted off my old camera with the intention of finding beautiful and creative ways to capture the first moments of her life. I was pleased with my efforts, and in an attempt to improve on my early attempts I bought my first DSLR camera, a few props, and got to work. 3 cameras later, I have finally found one that I am happy with (despite the fact that I am still learning how to use it) and I seem to have found my niche in the photography world. Only recently have I felt that it is appropriate to call myself a photographer - I still work full time as a Medical Secretary - and I feel that I am learning and growing with each photo shoot that I do. I have discovered that I do truly love being able to help others capture on film moments to treasure forever.