Well, hello there! My name is Rachel Baskin and I am the resident "genius" at work behind this website (or so I like to think, lol!)
So, here we meet in my very first blog post on my new photography website and I thought that it would be good for me to introduce myself to you seeing as we may have never met before. I mean, one always takes the time to introduce themselves when meeting someone new, so why should this blog post be any different - right?
So, allow me to introduce myself to you in a nutshell... I was born in Kinshasa, the capitol city of the Democratic Republic of Congo and at age five, my family and I immigrated to Johannesburg, South Africa in order to escape the war that broke out in my home country. It's only recently that I learned from my Mom that her and my Dad had never intended for the move to become permanent. In truth, no one could have foreseen how long the war would have lasted, but my parents had remained hopeful that one day in the near future we would have been able to return to our homeland and resume our lives as we had prior to the war - but alas, that was not meant to be. So, over 20 years later, we have yet to return "home." A trip to back tot he Congo is definitely something that is on my to-do list - so keep an eye out for that because the images that I take from that trip will one day grace the electronic pages of my blog. Life in Joburg definitely had more than it's fair share of ups downs - more downs than up, I would say - but all the good and the bad that I have been through in my life has helped to make me the strong woman that I am today. Johannesburg is much like any first world city - high paced and high energy and with it's own unique flavour and distinct style. Life there is almost always lived in the fast lane and everyone and everything's motto in that city seems to be go, go, go! But, for all of it's crazy, high energy, I loved life in the big city and it's something that I think I'll always miss.
And it was in this rich, diverse and multicultural city, where I met and found the love of my life! We used to work together at a Christian radio station - in fact, he came all the way from Canada to work at this particular station and no, it was not love at first sight. There was no instant or immediate connection. We were not initially drawn to each other...at all! To be very honest with you, when we first met I was pretty much indifferent to his existence. He was just a guy. I was just a girl. But...this "just a guy" had these lovely, piercing blue eyes; a rich and full head of brunette hair that my hands wanted to run through so bad (which I do a lot of now - the perks of being a wife, lol!) complete with sensual lips and one of the best personalities that I have ever come across. So, yeah... It didn't take me long to realise that this "just a guy" was - and still is - a very special kind of guy! Today, I am blessed to have him as my special kind of guy and the world's best father to our precious and beautiful children! I have always had a deep love for photography from when I was fairly young. Whenever I would see a beautiful picture, I would think to myself, "Man, I would love to be able to take a photo like that! I would love to be able to do that for a living -taking pictures!" However, even though this is what I really wanted to do with my life, I also believed that it would never be possible for me to pursue this dream, so I pretty much forgot about it and chose to try and pursue other avenues in my life. To make a really long story short, when my husband and I moved back to Canada, I decided that I wanted to give this photography thing a try. I wanted to pursue a long forgotten dream and see where it takes me. I am blessed enough that I am at a point in my life where it is viable for me to pursue this dream and I have an amazing husband who believes in me and in my dreams and who wants to see me be the best that I can be, so encouraged by his words, I have decided to take a leap of faith and to make "Rachel Baskin Photography" happen... And now, here we are. I will confess to you that there is never a day that goes by where I am not scared and nervous about doing this - following my dream of becoming a photographer - but honestly, I think that it is a good place to be. Someone once said that, "If your dreams don't scare you then they are not big enough" and I can honestly tell you that I am terrified at doing this but I am also very, very, VERY excited to be on this journey! Not many people get to say that they are living the life of their dreams and I count myself pretty fortunate to be able to say that - even if it does scare the heck out of me most days. I would rather be doing this over anything else in the world and I am so blessed and humbled that I get to share this journey with you. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post and looking at my work. it means more to me than you could ever know and I look forward to seeing where this journey leads me. Hope you're up for coming along on the ride!