Hi Friends! I am SO incredibly excited to share just a little with you about how I got started in the photography industry.
The first camera I ever had was a tiny little canon rebel. I was in “heaven” the first time I had that thing in my hand! I didn’t really know how to use it, but I loved trying to take “cool pictures”! :)
I started out at a local community college, here in Delaware and learned simple basics about photography, design and branding. Boy have I learned a lot since those days! I am so grateful to my instructors there at DTCC who helped plant the roots for what was to come down the road. I graduated from there, but little did I know at the time, that there was much more to be discovered!
One night will searching online, I came across a photography school in Massachusetts called Hallmark Institute of Photography. My parents and I drove up one weekend to visit the school and I was IN LOVE!!! The facilities were amazing and I was in complete awe of it all! On top of that, it was only a ten month program! “I can SO do that”! The ten months I spent in Massachusetts were probably the hardest but most rewarding ten months of my life! There were many days/nights when I cried and thought…how can I do this?! BUT, the love I had for photography and my faith in Jesus helped me persevere through and I came away from Hallmark humbled by all of my experiences, and grateful to all of the staff who put forth so much effort into helping us students succeed!
Since then, I have come to terms with the fact that I will never stop learning or growing as a photographer. Thats what makes photography so exciting! The industry is constantly evolving and changing. Its in a whole new place from where it was 15-20 years ago. All in all I would say the last 8-9 years have been a wild ride, to say the least. I have learned so much and grown so much over the years.
The biggest lesson I would say that I learned (and am still learning) is that all of this takes time and it takes dedication, perseverance and PATIENCE! :) Never give up on your dreams….it may take a lot of patience and A LOT of faith, but in the end it will be worth it! I want to say thank you to everyone who believed in me, helped me a long the way, prayed for me, supported me, and encouraged me. It means the world to know I have those people in my life.