It has been just a little bit over a year since I decided photography is what I wanted to do full-time, and knowing that getting to a place where that's what I'm doing all the time would be a lot of hard work. It has been, and I'm loving every minute of it.
But, photography isn't a new love for me. I was probably around 13 when I started playing with my dad's old Canon SLR's, and began to play with light and movement and exposure. There was one filter you could put on the lens that would make any light source look like a star burst. I totally fell in love with the whole process.
I know I have some of those photos floating around somewhere, but recently I've been looking over some of the photos from when I got my first DSLR in 2008, the Canon 30D. I was hesitant to switch from film to digital, but with how expensive it is to shoot film, and how poor I was from being 17, I finally caved.
Here are some photos from when I was first starting out.
(Also, I'd recommend you listen to this song while you look at these)
Over the past 13-ish years of taking pictures, I have learned a lot about people and even more about myself. I've photographed weddings, seniors, family reunions, black belt ceremonies, people who are homeless, babies, strangers, nursing home residents, and countless others. Many who were strangers at the beginning became my friends, and looking back at these photos reminds me of who I was at that time and how those people have helped shape who I am now. I'm so thankful for past experiences, and real excited for the future and the people I'm meeting now and have yet to meet.
Thanks for being a part of my life. If you are reading this and I don't know you very well, please say hi, because I'm sure I'd love to get to know you. 2015, you're a sweetheart so far. Don't ever change.