Welcome to my blog ...
I love expressing myself mostly through photographs, but occasionally, I'll share through words. Photography is my passion and my joy. When I held my first camera - an old hammy-down, heavy metal Minolta - I knew I had found something I truly was interested in and wanted to learn more. I was in the eight grade when I was given that old Minolta and I would take it every where capturing as many film pictures as I could afford. I continued taking pictures throughout high school, but it was just for fun. Once I graduated high school, I decided I was going to be a health major and continue on to become a Doctor of Chiropractic. After about a year and a half into college I knew something was off and this wasn't the direction I was supposed to be going. So the next semester I signed up for all art classes. I told myself I'd give it a semester and if I didn't think this was it, I'd go back to the health field. Well, I fell in love and knew then that art was my future.
In 2007, I started booking free photo shoots to get experience working with people, different settings and lighting. During that first year, I published my first website and blog and by the next year I had returning clients. I have slowly been building my photography business. As I have taken time off for travel, ministry, family and life. Even though my focus the past few years hasn't been to grow my business, I have continued capturing the world around me every chance I get. I've had many challenges the past few years, good and bad, and have grown in so many areas. I'm thankful for the opportunities that have come my way and the experiences I've faced.
This year, I have decided, is the year to get grounded and focused on photography. I will continue working on my Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts with a focus on photography at the University of North Florida. I don't need a degree to be a professional photographer, but I am eager to learn and know that the educational experience will benefit me in more ways than I can imagine. I love school. I love to be challenged! And I look forward to earning my degree.
I am excited for this year and all it has to offer. I'll be growing my business, continuing my education and enjoying life along the way. My blog will be a place where I'll share my journey and express myself. Most of it will be through pictures - photo shoots, photo projects, photo travels, photo studies, instagram photos, iPhone photos, ect. Feel free to follow along and be a part of my journey!