My Endless Love
 John, a local in San Luis Obispo, CA. This was one of the photo's I did for a project I was working on called 100 Strangers. I think I took 3 photos out of the 100 I was supposed to.

John, a local in San Luis Obispo, CA. This was one of the photo's I did for a project I was working on called 100 Strangers. I think I took 3 photos out of the 100 I was supposed to.

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)

 Abigail // San Luis Obispo, CA // 2011?

Abigail // San Luis Obispo, CA // 2011?

 Batman puppet // New Hartford, NY // 2008

Batman puppet // New Hartford, NY // 2008

 Mr. Deitz // Syracuse, NY // 2008: On set for a short film Isaac Deitz was doing called " The Common Cold "

Mr. Deitz // Syracuse, NY // 2008: On set for a short film Isaac Deitz was doing called "The Common Cold"

 Baby  // New Hartford, NY // 2008

Baby  // New Hartford, NY // 2008

 Emily Perry // San Luis Obispo, CA (Bubble Gum Alley) // 2010

Emily Perry // San Luis Obispo, CA (Bubble Gum Alley) // 2010

 Dusty // Utica, NY // 2007

Dusty // Utica, NY // 2007

 Stranger // Utica, NY // 2009: Care Net Pregnancy Center's Walk For Life

Stranger // Utica, NY // 2009: Care Net Pregnancy Center's Walk For Life

 Stranger // Utica, NY // 2009: Care Net Pregnancy Center's Walk For Life

Stranger // Utica, NY // 2009: Care Net Pregnancy Center's Walk For Life

 Teegan // 2010 // Arroyo Grande, CA

Teegan // 2010 // Arroyo Grande, CA

 Teegan // 2010 //Arroyo Grande, CA

Teegan // 2010 //Arroyo Grande, CA

 Emily Perry // San Luis Obispo, CA (Bubble Gum Alley) // 2010

Emily Perry // San Luis Obispo, CA (Bubble Gum Alley) // 2010

 Stranger // San Luis Obispo, CA // 2011

Stranger // San Luis Obispo, CA // 2011

 My mom and two youngest brothers, Robinson and Isaac // Word of Life Family Campground // 2008

My mom and two youngest brothers, Robinson and Isaac // Word of Life Family Campground // 2008

 Ellette // Nipomo, CA // 2012

Ellette // Nipomo, CA // 2012

 Lazarus // Paso Robles, CA // 2012

Lazarus // Paso Robles, CA // 2012

 The Pines At Utica // Utica, NY // 2009

The Pines At Utica // Utica, NY // 2009

 Reese, Mindy + Tony // Arroyo Grande, CA // 2012

Reese, Mindy + Tony // Arroyo Grande, CA // 2012

 Reese // Arroyo Grande, CA // 2012

Reese // Arroyo Grande, CA // 2012

 Owen // Sauquoit, NY // 2008

Owen // Sauquoit, NY // 2008

 Shannon // Clinton, NY // 2008

Shannon // Clinton, NY // 2008

 Richard // New Hartford, NY // 2008

Richard // New Hartford, NY // 2008

 Riley // New Hartford, NY // 2008

Riley // New Hartford, NY // 2008

 Riley, Sauquoit, NY // 2008

Riley, Sauquoit, NY // 2008

 Shannon // Clinton, NY // 2008

Shannon // Clinton, NY // 2008

 Lazarus // Paso Robles, CA // 2012

Lazarus // Paso Robles, CA // 2012

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.

Love,

Rebecca

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
— Howard Thurman