I have always wanted to create, I wish I could draw but it isn't my strong suit. The most I can do is flowers and a couple of stick figures, so I bow down to those of you who can illustrate and create beautiful things with your hands.
I don't have this beautiful story of why I started photography but I can tell you what I do remember.
I can't remember the details but for those of you that were a cheerleader, football player, band nerd, etc., none of those fit the category of myself. I heard about this photojournalism class my sophomore year of high school and told my mom it was what I wanted to do. I was pretty convincing when I decided on something or my mom just couldn't tell me no, one of the two. For today's story I am going with I am just that convincing and she loves me.
But that is when my love for photography grew, back then there weren't these easier to use digital cameras with automatic settings and the ability to point-and-shoot. I mean you could technically point-and-shoot but the possibility of a good image wasn't likely. Back then we had to put film in the camera, choose your settings wisely [as you do now] and essentially "edit" in a dark room. It was an amazing experience and I wish I would've continued my photography career straight out of high school.
I learned a lot from that class but decided to take a different route after high school and a lot of what I learned went out the window. So I had to learn all over again, I bought a brand new camera with multiple lenses and a few other equipment and started taking some family gathering pictures. I wasn't anywhere close to wear I am now, nor where I want to be but it has been a great start.
Photography is a huge part of who I want to be because I love its ability to instill moments. To remember the past, to believe in the future, and to live in the present.