I seem to always get asked how did you start in photography?
I always think. That is a very good question. I should probably know the answer to this question right off the bat. But I seem to always have to think about. Because I wasn’t that girl that when I was young I picked up a camera and knew this is what I am going to do. Or that little girl just taking pictures all the time. Or even that girl that always HAD to be in every photo like my older sis.
When I was growing up I has extremely involved in basketball. That is what I did and I did it well. I went to play in a community college. And that is when I knew that I would probably not be playing for much longer. It was a better experience then playing in High School. But something inside of me knew that this is what I would not be doing the rest of my life. When the season ended and I was having a difficult time walking. Long story short I had foot surgery and was not able to put pressure on it for 2 months. It was a difficult time in my life but it made me slow down and truly think about what I wanted to do. I ended up going back to a community college closer to my house and working as a Barista.
For some reason I was never that person as soon as I graduated High School I knew what I wanted to do for a job. Honestly, it was quite frustrating. When a parent would ask me what is your 5 year plan. I would hang my head low and say I’m not sure. I felt so humiliated because I wasn’t like their children in the fact that they basically had their life fully planned out. Thankfully I had parents that even though I didn’t know what I wanted to do. They knew that I would be okay.
So how did the love for photography grow. (I just txted my mom about it because I couldn’t remember) She reminded me that Shaina and I hung out with a friend that did photography. And he would take pictures of us. Pictures for my mom as a Mother’s Day gift. Senior photos for me. He was using film. I was interested in the digital. Because if you know me I am not a person that can wait I need to see it NOW! During Christmas I have always been bad and taken a peek inside a bag. So make sure you give me a gift that is wrapped in a box. I will peek 🙂 I can’t help it.
But even then seeing him do photography I was still not fully in love with it. I just liked to take photos here and there. Then my cousin asked if I could photograph her wedding. That is when I knew I could do this for the rest of my life! Seeing two people in love. And having the privilege to photograph it makes my heart smile every time.
Even though it took forever to finally figure out what I wanted to do the rest of my life. I am so thankful that it did. Because I had some great journeys along the way. And I have learned the most important thing ever. TO WORK HARD AND TO NEVER GIVE UP!
I absolutely feel so grateful that I get to say that I LOVE my JOB! I don’t know how many people actually get to say that. But I am so happy that God has given this to me.