My relationship with Photography
To me, photography is my church. When I am taking pictures, all of the noise fades away. The click, click, click of the shutter make’s my heart skip a beat.
My journey with photography started when I was 19 or 20. I bought a Minolta at the Ritz Camera shop at our local mall. That same day I walked around our neighborhood taking pictures for hours. Because photography is expensive (well worth it if you ask me), I added a part-time job at the once Eckerd Drug Store in the photography department developing film, printing pictures and assisting customers with questions relating to photography. Within a short period of time, I was approached by the director of the photography department in regards to a Supervisor position in the photo lab. I was thrilled, however, the hours were more and the pay a bit less than what I was making at my full-time job. Regardless, I decided to take it. I went through training and worked the position for about a year. Being young, I allowed myself to let go of a job I loved because of another person’s ego. To be honest, my own ego was involved too. Over the years, I have learned that whatever we see in another is part of who we are. So, I left that job and went to work at another corporation making more money. I continued taking pictures and actually took a Photography class at the local college. I loved it! I spent most of my time taking pictures and at school developing and mounting, working, and hanging out with friends. After that class I was looking into a photography school in Southern Florida. All I had to do was put together a portfolio and send it to them with my application. When I approached a family member of mine about my plan, I was quickly shot down. Again, being young and someone who always followed the “rules” over time I pretty much just stopped taking photo’s all together. I do not blame anyone for my choices, however, I have learned from that experience. When someone comes to you with a dream, listen and support them. Tell them it is up to them but that you support their wishes. Life is so short, go after your dreams, do what you love. Eleven years later, my husband bought me a Nikon D90. I picked it up about a dozen times and put in down for another two years to focus on a career path that yes I believe in, but ultimately does not bring me the joy and feeling of “one” with the world like photography does. I had an epiphany. From this moment on, my journey is to pursue that which fills my soul with joy and love. I have come to realize that when you fill yourself with joy, you are able to share it and help others.
I hope you will do the same.
My wish is to share my vision with the world. To inspire, provide confidence and magic in other’s life’s, to see the world for what it truly is – authentic! A work of art.
Thank you for taking this journey with me.
P.S. I always welcome feedback and suggestions. I believe we can all benefit by learning from each other. Feel free to message me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.