Hello and welcome to this, my first ever, blog post.
This is me!
I am not sure why it took me so long to get around to this as I love both writing and photographing and this is the perfect place to combine the two! Still, it has been a year since I officially started my business and placed a “blog” link on my website, so it really is about time that page stopped saying “page under construction!”
So, for those of you who don’t know me, let me start by introducing myself. (This is the long version!!)
I was born and grew up in East London, England. In fact, I lived there until I was twenty-eight. And yes, I still have the accent. My family still lives in London and I go back as often as I can to visit them and fill up on good tea and chocolate (along with a host of other English goodies that can be found lurking in my pantry.)
The town I grew up in is called Romford. It was a great place to grow up; right on the edge of London, where the city meets the country. I had the best of both worlds. I could jump on a train and be in the heart of London in twenty-five minutes or go in the opposite direction through farmland to the beach.
As a child I was involved in just about every school activity there was. I always loved the arts though and was always at a theater rehearsal or dance class. I started dancing when I was five and became a dance teacher, teaching tap, ballet, jazz and modern dance when I was in my teens.
Growing up, I always wanted to be an attorney (I couldn’t get enough of the TV series of “The Paper Chase.”). Unfortunately, having spent my last two years at school in the Sixth form common room, drinking coffee and playing cards I failed to get into law school immediately. As it turned out later – this was actually a good thing.
Instead of going to University straight away, I went out and started work! I worked in legal research for a few years before applying to law school as a mature student. This time I was accepted, so I quit my job and spent some time travelling before the start of the school year. My destination of choice was South America! As a parting gift from my job, I was given a camera!
In April 1991, I set off alone across the world to Quito, Ecuador to join a group of twenty-three other travelers on a truck journeying through South America. We started out in Ecuador, where I suffered for several days with altitude sickness that kept me bed ridden; (Ironic considering I now live permanently a mile above sea level), and traveled to now “no go” areas in Columbia, Venezuela down the Amazon River and through the rain forests of Brazil. For those few months we lived in tents, or slept in hammocks. We encountered broken bridges, washed away roads, snakes, spiders and mud; lots of mud! We also saw lots of beauty, in both the landscape and the faces of the children who would trail us hoping for candy. On this journey I used over fifty rolls of film. I would love to post some photos here, but unfortunately I lost all but a few to a basement flood just a few years ago, and the few that I managed to save are not in good shape!
When I got back from travelling I attended law school. During freshman year I was lucky to be awarded a place on an exchange program with a law school in the US. It was during this year that I met my husband. I returned to the UK for my final year and after graduation worked for a New York law firm in it’s London office.
I married in England in 1995.
After our wedding we moved into a shared house just outside Washington DC. We weren’t there long before we found out that we were expecting our first child. Our first son was born in January 1997 and almost four years later was joined by his brother. My love of photography grew more and more as I followed my children around with a camera. I am sure that my children got tired of being photographed, but they were both always very patient with me. It wasn’t until they hit their teens that they started to actively refuse to pose for photos!
In 2008 we were lucky enough to have opportunity to move to Australia. There was so much there that I wanted to capture on film that I finally made the switch to digital and purchased a Canon EOS DSLR. That camera was rarely out of my reach for the entire time we lived in Australia. The two years that we lived on Sydney’s northern beaches were amazing.
I now live in Broomfield, Colorado with my two sons and two labradors. I gave up law a long time ago when my first son was born, although I am still officially registered as a New York attorney. I also gave up on ever having a completely clean and tidy house while I still have two boys and two large dogs.
I started Teresa Fazio Photography in 2013, at the urging of friends and family. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year of business.
Photography is something I have loved for a long time. I am so lucky to be able to do something I love every day.