How It Started
When someone starts to do something, whether it is their profession or their hobby the question that is often asked by someone is "Why"? "Why did you start doing photography?", "How did it all begin?" I didn't grow up with a camera in my hand, I didn't even hold a DSLR until I was in college. Growing up the only time I used a camera was a disposable for a trip. Taking photos with it was fun but I didn't think anything of it.
I met my wife when in college. She got a camera for Christmas one year so I started taking random pictures with it whenever we hung out. I had no clue what I was doing but as usual it was fun. Once we got married I started digging around and found the camera manual. I read through it and was impressed with what the camera could do. In my search of photography knowledge, I came across multiple websites that got me excited for taking photos. I read up on techniques and tips for just about every genre of photography. Eventually, I took photos of my sister in law, she like to model for me, as most teenage girls would, and the rest is history.
It was awesome to just be out and take photos, it was a rush. I felt the same way before a session as I did before a football game, nervous yet excited. I like to shoot portraits because it is guaranteed to be different each time, each person is different and that fact only makes the uncertainty exciting. Landscapes are cool, babies are cute and animals are awesome but I like the interaction of taking portraits. I like to joke around, get to know someone and make sure they are having a good time.
I didn't have many photos of myself growing up but there two sure photos I'd have. One was the yearly school photo that every kid had to go through. I usually didn't buy them but they were at least in the house. The other photo was a sports photo, mainly football. This photo was bought most the time. I could chronicle myself growing up from 12 to 21. I had the random prom photos but that was it. It kind of stinks that I didn't have a lot of pictures taken to remember things but such is life. What I can do is help others remember times of their lives.
Seniors in high school is what I like to focus on because it is one of those moments in life that only happen once and will be remembered for a long time. They are full of energy and that is what I like. My wife is a teacher so I experience this energy firsthand.
Photography is a nice break from the craziness of life. At the end of the day it's me, the camera and the subject making some moments they get to look back on.