Two weeks ago I posted photography tips from some of my favorite photographers and although I really wanted to collaborate with these talented women I also wanted their tips to better my own photography.
I’ve been passionate about photography for as long as I can remember. My first camera was a hot pink point and shoot that I ended up losing in Disney World (which my dad never let me hear the end of).
I can honestly say that I inherited my love of photography from my parents. Our house was always filled with photos; photos of my brothers and me and photos of the places we’d been.
When I was in high school my friends and I took black and white photography classes. We would go into school with a roll of film, we’d develop the film ourselves, we’d develop the negatives into a proof sheet, we’d pick the photos we liked, and we’d develop them into beautiful black and white eight by tens. That’s seriously awesome stuff for a 15 year old!
As I got older I still loved photography and I even took some more classes in college. I took pictures of everything, and I was always excited to drop off undeveloped negatives, unsure about what I was going to get back.
Then came digital photography and everything changed. I stopped printing photos, almost completely. I had pictures in digital folders that I’d look through here and there, but I didn’t see them or enjoy them as much as I used to. But I kept taking pictures, especially after Jack was born.
And now there is blogging. And blogging has been a blessing and curse for me and my photography. There are bloggers out there who are amazing photographers, legit amazing, and that is seriously intimidating! But on the other hand, blogging has given me a wonderful outlet for my photography and I’ve met some amazing photographers who have helped me master my craft.
When I started this post, I wrote a whole paragraph about how submitting to Food Gawker and getting rejected time after time really had an impact on my photographic ego, but since then I actually got one of my photos accepted! I know it shouldn’t be, but it is validation for me and my photography.
As I am reading more and writing more I am realizing that I am a good photographer and that I still have a lot to learn. But most importantly I am passionate about photography, I always have been and I always will be!
What does photography mean to you? How has your relationship with photography changed over the years?