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My Photography Story (So Far)

September 30, 2018

Photography has always been apart of my life. My mom and grandma were always taking pictures at family events or just during everyday life. When I was really little, say about two years old, I loved looking at photo albums and never liked to give them up. (There is evidence of this in our home videos.) My parents had a Polaroid camera that I used to take pictures of my family, friends, and toys.

 

Later I got my own camera, it looked like a toy, but it was real. And yes, it had film. I am old enough to live in the age of film cameras and VHS tapes. It was the same with that camera as it was with the Polaroid. I took pictures of my family all the time, to the point where they were visibly annoyed or just tired. But I didn’t care. I took pictures of my toys and dolls, of things I made. Basically, if it existed I took a picture of it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I got older I moved on from taking pictures of inanimate objects around the house and moved outside. I started taking pictures of nature. I remember for school we took a trip to Devil’s Lake and my mom got me a disposable camera to take with. I filled that camera up before we were even halfway through the hike. I was in desperate need of a digital camera before I even knew it existed. My family took a trip through the South Dakota and that time I think I had two disposable cameras. Still not enough for me, but at least I had a bit more film. (And I was better at rationing out my pictures.)

 

 

 

 

 

Cut to when digital cameras came out. I got a simple point and shoot Nikon (funny because I now shoot solely with Canon.) I bought it with my own money and I was so happy. I continued taking pictures of plants. I took way too many pictures of my dogs. (I still do.)

 

 

 

 

I took it with me to school events, friend hangouts, and family outings. I loved having the freedom of almost unlimited pictures. I say almost because I had a pretty small memory card and was still limited to the number of pictures I took, but it was way more than a roll of film. Plus, I could see the pictures I took right away! No more printing pictures that didn’t turn out. (Or with a finger in them. I was kinda good at that.)

 

When my parents got a fancier camera than I did, a simple Canon DSLR, I started borrowing that. They had a zoom lens that went to 300mm, which gave me the freedom to do anything. I took it out in nature and started photographing animals that were around our house. We lived in a small neighborhood in the country, so all my pictures consisted of butterflies, geese, birds, the occasional bunny, and one time I got some cranes. I loved going out and photographing everything in nature. Still do.

 

 

 

 

Now that I was also older, I was doing school activities like show choir and dance (well, I had been dancing since I was 5, but it was more advanced now) and decided to start photographing those as well.  I would borrow my parents’ camera and the zoom lens and photograph dance recitals and show choir performances.  And I loved it.

 

Finally, I got my own Canon DSLR. It was a Canon Rebel and I loved it. I started taking more serious dance and show choir photos. I still went out into nature and photographed everything. And I started dipping my toe into portraits. I would take my sister out into the backyard for some fun sessions. I started getting into more candid photography of the neighbors and family. I even took senior portraits for a couple friends.

 

 

 

 

 

Then came the end of school, the time where you’re supposed to decide what you want to do with your life, and I had no idea what I wanted to do. When I was a kid I always said I wanted to be an artist. At the time I thought that meant being a painter. Then one of my friends said that I should be a photographer. She loved my pictures so much and thought I was amazing. So I went with it. I know, me deciding to pursue a career in photography was not at all glamorous or inspiring. But, as I look back on it now I think that it is kind of obvious that photography is something I have always loved to do and I’m glad I listened to my friend.

 

So that’s my story so far. That’s how my photography journey has gotten me here. I’ve read quite a few stories of how photographers just one day picked up a camera and started taking pictures or how they bought a cheap camera and discovered they loved photography. I like my story. Throughout my life, I have virtually always had a camera in my hands and I can honestly say that this was a recent revelation, even if it was pretty obvious. It’s become such a big part of who I am that I don’t know who I would be without it. 

I can’t wait to see where my photography story ends up next.

 

 

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