I wanted to share with you today the story of how I became a photographer. I never really planned on becoming a photographer, in the business sense. I never planned at making money doing this. I just kind of stumbled upon it. I always thought I would be some business person, working a regular 8-5 job, maybe wear a suit to the office or something like that. I’ve never had the perfect vision of what I wanted to do. My sophomore year of high school my mom bought me a DSLR and I started playing around with it. I’ve always been into documenting life, I think its important to have things to look back on as you age. But I never thought I would make money, I just wanted to be able to document my life. After high school, I went to college and just continued to document my life with my camera. After I graduated, my dad also got into DSLR and found a night class for us to learn more about the camera.
I just thought this would be a good way for my dad and I to bond, so I agreed to go to the class. I didn’t really expect anything to come of it, just that I would learn more about my camera and get to spend some time with my dad! If you are at all interested in cameras, I highly recommend finding an adult school that has classes that you can take. They are a wealth of knowledge, and although it takes a lot of practice and I didn’t take that many classes there, it really helped me understand the basics of lighting, shooting in manual, and using flash. After my first class, I started doing “photoshoots” for my sister. I rented some lenses and we’d go out shooting together just for fun. I took her prom photos and then started getting inquiries from people about taking their photos. At first I was just doing it for free for friends, then someone gave me a large tip and I thought, “hmm maybe I could make money doing this”.
I didn’t think my photos were that great to start charging, but I started looking into the whole business aspect of photography. I didn’t want to start charging without first having all of my ducks in a row legally. I was really enjoying taking photos, it gave me a creative outlet that I’d never had before, and I love delivering the photos to people and seeing them smile and get so excited about them. So after talking with my husband, we decided it was a good idea for me to get my business license and really pursue photography if that was what I wanted to do. It’s been a couple years since then and my photography business and skills have grown exponentially! I know I still have a lot to learn, but I’m enjoying the process and getting to meet new people along the way!