Let me make this short and sweet (LOL), photography started for me in early high school. I wasn’t on yearbook or newspaper like most people who start out in school, I was on the dance team. Now I didn’t realize it at the time but looking back I always had my 12-megapixel point and shoot camera with me. I was constantly updating my albums on facebook from the latest football game or homecoming. While I am in some photos I was always taking photos of others, wanting to remember EVERYTHING. Non the less they were generic, still meaningful but only nostalgic. (sorry this clearly isn’t short but no good story is right?!)
Fast forward to college at EIU and during my freshman year, I took my first video class. That class is where I was first introduced to the beauty that is a DSLR. Not only was it awesome for photos, but it could take video and I wanted one for myself! The summer in between freshmen and sophomore year I worked in a cornfield (so stereotypical IL lol) it was a pretty terrible job but I did have enough money at the end of the summer to buy a camera. A camera that would change my life. It was a Canon Rebel T3i. I am forever grateful for that camera and the memories it provided me. It taught me not only how to film but how to take photos. When it comes to the rules of film and photography a lot of them overlap. But when it comes to using the camera, they each are very different. I used auto for photos for a very long time. I was self-taught in photography up until spring f my junior year when I took a photojournalism class. I was still fascinated with video, but photo was my new love.
I spent the rest of my time in college with my camera with me at most events. I became “the camera girl” in my college ministry, always capturing the latest retreat and making recap videos. There were times that I definitely got tired of it and wanted to say no but I’m glad that I didn’t. Those experiences, in the beginning, made me decide if this was something I really wanted to do or not.
My first experience with a planned photo session was in September of 2013. A family in my church wanted their daughters first birthday captured so I agreed, not knowing how to do anything I went to Pinterest for inspiration. I’m pretty sure I had my camera on auto and used the flash. I had no idea what I was doing when it came to photography. For the next year, it was trial and error, slowing learning my camera better and understanding light. It wasn’t until Fall 2015 that I had some consistent sessions with families and couples. When you have a lot of friends who need engagement photos taken you suddenly have clients haha!
I guess this was a blog for me but also one for those who want to start! For me, my journey was a longish one and I am nowhere near done! But this is something I have been reflecting on lately as I am in some facebook groups where people seem to be amazing overnight or have Instagram accounts that are beautiful at all times. I think everyone’s journey should be their own, it should take them however long they need it to reach their goals. I think it is important to have goals, especially in this business where technology is changing and everyone has an opinion on which 4k camera you should own. It has been so fun reflecting on the past and literally watching my goals being achieved. When I took that selfie with my new T3i I could have never told you that I would be filming full-time for a giant national company or that I would have started a company dedicated to video and photography. I think it’s good to reflect, to remind yourself of where you started and how much you have grown! Take the time to reflect on yours, regardless of your profession. How did you get to where you are now? Was it anything like you thought it would be? I bet you’d be surprised at yourself when you take the time to reflect 🙂
p.s. I’m, not a writer, I probably will never be one but my best friend is an amazing one and she never tells me these sucks so I guess they’re somewhat okay.