How I started photography
When you ask a photographer how or when they started, most will say they’ve been photographing their whole lives, or at least it feels that way. I didn’t pick up a real camera until I was in college, but I’ve always been fascinated with photos. I can remember going to St James art show every year as a kid and my favorite parts were the landscape photography booths. Let’s be honest, it still is. One year, my mom bought me a photograph. It was a castle set in a lush green meadow. She had it framed in this ornate gold frame and it hung over my bed, a place of pride in my childhood room. The photo created a wanderlust in me and I would day dream about far off places; maybe about being able to produce photos of my own one day.
When I was in college, I heard about study abroad programs and knew I had to do it. But I wasn’t able to go until the summer after I graduated. Still counts, right? Since I didn’t actually need the credits, I choose to go to Italy and take one class only: photography. I was finally able to pursue my dream of creating magical landscapes like the one hanging in my bedroom for all those years.
Italy is such an amazing country. We were able to travel on our own and see all the amazing places while working on photo assignments. My favorite places were the ruins of Pompeii, Venice and the Vatican City.
Since I’d been hit with the travel and a photography bug, I spent my early twenties traveling, taking pictures all along the way and I really enjoyed it. But a new dream was also growing inside me. I have always loved fashion magazines, studying the faces and poses. I also really love stories; reading classic literature and watching black and white movies are my hobbies. I knew that some day I really wanted to create beautiful portraits. I wanted to be able to tell stories with photographs.
So, one day a few years ago, I dusted off my camera (still film) and started learning lighting, posing, direction. I obtained an entry level digital camera and got a subscription to photoshop. I borrowed other people’s kids and started practicing. Let me tell you, it was a long road, especially when it comes to the business part. But I am so proud of what I’ve done. I love capturing the beauty in everyday people and moments. I’m so happy that I get to freeze time for people and provide them with heirloom quality art work for their home.