First off, thank you for reading this. I never saw myself becoming a blogger, and I'm not sure I'll be any good at it. To be honest, a mentor of mine told me that it's a great way to connect with clients and get to know people, so I thought, why not?
This all started when I saved up for years to buy my first SLR camera. I was fresh out of college and broke after buying it, but it began a new chapter for me. My brother proposed to his then-girlfriend and the first thing I did (after saying congratulations and crying tears of happiness, of course) was literally beg his fiancee to let me take pictures of them. They were both completely on board, thankfully! I didn't even think about charging them a cent. I just wanted portraits to obsess over!
We hopped in my brother's red Chevy pickup and headed out to the place where he popped the question. I made so many technical errors and there are so many things I would do differently. However, I was learning. I just kept snapping and some of my pictures ended up hanging in their home. Seeing that was the most rewarding feeling to me.
That one session turned into a few more sessions with them, where we eventually included my rescued four-legged nephew, Rolo, whom they adopted shortly after moving in together. With each session, I made so many "rookie mistakes" that I learned from and learned a whole new side of photo editing, that I'm still trying to master today.
Soon after this, one of my best friends from high school (also newly engaged) wanted me to take some engagement pictures of her and her fiance. Because of these two couples, people began recognizing me as a photographer, and I was taking pictures a few times a week. I was ecstatic every time someone contacted me.
It all started with simply taking pictures. Of everything. The view from the house I grew up in, my brothers' playing sports, my pets being pets, young children I babysat, etc. I was just having fun, and I still do! Only now I know more of the technical side of things and focus on creating that professional quality. I am always learning via blogs, other photographers, and my own shoots.
Once again, thank you. For reading this post. For even looking at my pictures. And a huge thanks to those who have given me a chance to photograph them and their loved ones. I enjoy every minute of it, even when the editing causes me to stay up too late. This whole thing has been going so well lately and I can't say THANK YOU enough!
And now we'll see how the whole blogging thing goes. Comment or send me a message to let me know what you think!