I am a photographer. Its taken me a long time to be able to say that. Today, it seems like everyone is a photographer and I’m always scared that people will look at the pictures I take and criticize me, and laugh, thinking that I am not what I say I am. Over the years I have come to grips that you not everyone will like the way I take pictures or what I take pictures of, but photography is an art, and art is truly in the eye of the beholder. I try not to be scared, and say with confidence that I am a photographer, some people like it and others don’t but that is just the way it is!
I have been taking pictures professionally for about 5 years. I am still a work in progress, I look at blogs and see some of the images of other photographers and dream of taking pictures as beautiful as theirs! Its okay to try to be better but I try not to compare my worst to their best. The way I will, one day, capture the images that I love will be through practice, and not giving up!
My story is similar to a lot of peoples(especially moms), when referring to the reason many started photography, mine was it was my little baby girl, now she is older now but she was the reason it all started to get real for me. I wanted to capture every moment of her and her life, and I just wasn’t able to do it the way I wanted with the tools and the knowledge that I had at the time. I wanted good pictures, not just snap shots and so I started working on getting better pictures. As I said earlier I am still working of getting better pictures and I hope I never feel complacent enough to stop working on it!
I took some photography classes in high School and I loved them, but Oh MAN they were expensive! Developing your own pictures in the dark room was one of my most favorite memories of all of high school. Seeing the images you have captured come to life really is a wonderful experience! The cost was a lot for me in high school, even when you don’t develop the pictures yourself but just paying for all your pictures to get developed and then you only really like a handful of them, gets expensive. Also, then what do you do with the rest of the pictures you don’t like. . . anyways, it was hard for me to do because I am a cheap person and I hate wasting money on things that I wont use and don’t like. I still loved it, but just didn’t really do anything with it until I had my little girl and digital photography came about.
My brother was really good at photography, he was the teachers pet(or it always seemed like he was to me)he loved nature pictures, he was an excellent student in photography, me on the other hand, just like taking pictures with my friends and seeing what they looked like in the dark room. We were totally opposite when it came to photography(and lots of other things too). I loved capturing memories and emotions of my good friends, my brother would hike for hours to find the perfect waterfall and wait for the light to be just right before snapping the pictures that he wanted. I never really loved nature shots, as I’ve gotten older I see more beauty in it then I ever did growing up. Lucky for us as photographers there is room for all different views when it comes to photography. Because, I liked capturing my friends and family laughing and playing doesn’t make my photography any less then his pictures that took so long to set up and was so cautions about all the different elements. In fact, I think its wonderful that photography can show us a lot about ourselves, what we like, how we look at the world, how we would like to look at the world and we can keep the images forever(as long as we print them and care for them:)). It is something that is beautiful and can be an extension of ourselves. We can show the world what we see and how we see it.
Photography is art and it is beautiful. Although it is different for each person who sees the picture and different for each person who takes the picture, if you find beauty in it that is all you need! You don’t need other people telling you how good it is(although that feels pretty good). Have confidence in yourself and your abilities and know that because you are different, your photography will be different and that is what makes it beautiful. I love my brothers work, his pictures are truly beautiful and I was lucky to be his little sister and learn about the love of photography from him. Although my images look nothing like his I believe my images are beautiful too. Its all in the eye of the beholder and there is beauty everywhere! Thoughts?