To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.
I don’t remember the first photograph I ever took, but I do remember the first camera I ever had. It was a yellow cabbage patch kids camera that took 110 film and the instant I put my hands on it I remember thinking I was going be a famous photographer one day. I took pictures of everything I could possibly think of…..people, dogs, sunsets….if it spoke to me I took a picture of it. Photography came easily to me. I am not sure why, I just have always seemed to have an instinct for it. I cannot draw (or at least my feeble attempts have not been very good.) I am not a great painter – though my few visits to Painting with a Twist have turned out ok. But put a camera in my hands and I am in heaven. I see shots everywhere, often composing a shot or a scene in my head long before I ever lift the viewfinder to my eyes.
When I was in high school with my ever so sleek and shiny Vivitar that took 35mm film (I thought I was big stuff the day I got this camera!), I was the queen of the candid shot. My friends hated me, but I was good at it. I got action shots, funny shots, happy shots, funny face shots, awkward moment shots – every one capturing moments of time that are dear to me. College came along and a boyfriend gave me my very first SLR camera (he moved on, I kept the camera). This took my photography to a whole different level. Now all of the things that I was seeing actually had more of a possibility of becoming an actual photograph. I traipsed through Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, Africa and around several states with that camera and it reignited in me this love I have for the photograph.
Finally 3 years ago after my SLR was stolen out of my car and thanks to my renters insurance, I was able to afford a Canon 30D digital SLR kit. It was like Christmas the day that camera came in the mail! I have taken pictures at the ocean and in the dessert, of friends, family, dogs, cats, etc. I love this camera. But that was kind of where I stopped….I had taken all the photographs I knew how to take and needed some inspiration for more.
This year I have decided to follow some of the passions in my life. To really pursue and explore the things that I love, and one of them was to grow my photography. So, in December when I got home from Botswana I signed up for a beginner’s course at Spot Studio here in Dallas. Most people were shocked that had decided on a beginner’s course, but for all of the amazing shots that I had ever taken I really did not know my way around my camera and I wanted to start at the beginning.
Today was the class and I highly recommend this class or any of Peter Poulides classes. I learned so much. We had time at the end to work with a model – below are some of the favorites from my session.
I started with a photo of my foot…because well…why not.
Then we learned about f-stops and shutter speeds and practiced on this head.
I took some pictures of my new friends….
Then we got to shoot the model ( you know with camera’s not guns…)
These and all of my other fun shots of the day can be found on my mobile me gallery.
I cannot wait till February to do the next class – one day I just might be that world famous photographer after all.