Why Photography?

So you might be wondering, why start a blog about photography?  Well I’ve always loved photography and looking at pictures.  I love nature and the beauty of what our world has to offer us.  My mom has always told me I have an artist eye.  When it was time to apply for colleges I told my parents that I wanted to go to school for photography, but after applying and making the tough decision on where to go, I talked myself out of pursuing my dream.  I was young, I was scared, my mom told me I wouldn’t make any money, she was worried, like all great moms are for their children.  Who would of known that photography would take off into the digital world so fast!  Long story short, I went to college, got a great degree in Speech Therapy and now working full time in a school.  Not something I EVER envisioned myself doing.  But it’s inspiring and rewarding…most of the time!

So why now, why pursue photography?  Well, my husband found a great deal on this camera (Nikon D70) and bought it hoping it wouldn’t make me too mad.  When the box arrived, I hugged him, I smiled and was overjoyed with happiness…it took him off guard!  He hadn’t realized my love for photography!  Which brings us to the present.  I enrolled myself in a basic photography class to learn more about how to use our camera and other things.  I can’t get enough, I’ve taken a few photography classes in my day, mostly in high school, and I was the subject for my roommate’s photography final project.  Other than that, I have just passed off photography as a hobby and nothing more.

UNTIL…I started planning our wedding!  I KNEW, in my soul that I wanted the best photographer I could find.  I had so many friends tell me horror stories about their pictures, some were ruined, some didn’t capture their vision, others paid way too much!!!  I told myself that was NOT going to happen!!!  Let’s just say I did some research way before my husband ever popped the question.  I think that’s when it really started for me, loving photography again.  I would go on wedding websites and look for hours at all the beautiful photos of brides, their flowers, settings of different weddings, etc..  I wanted to make the right decision and I was happy with the one I made!  So here’s my shout-out to Emily Delamater (www.emilydelamaterphotography.com)

I love her use of color in all her photos.  She just seemed to capture the moment; the story behind each couple!  Plus she was young and fun to work with.  She has a great eye and always had an idea for the next shot!  This was taking in beautiful Portsmouth, NH!

One of my favorite shots!! (above)

But unfortunately she unexpectedly broke her ankle the day before our wedding and was unable to come 😦  But being the great professional she is, she called Audra Medunitza Welton (www.audraphotography.com), another fabulous photography in her place.  Now you can image my stress level at this point, the day before our wedding, I had put all this time and effort in looking for the BEST photographer and now she won’t even be there!  I was very sad and anxious, but looking at the bigger picture, I was marrying my best friend.  But long story short, I was very happy with how our pictures turned out!  Aren’t we a handsome couple 🙂

“All of life is a journey, which paths we take, what we look back on, and what we look forward to is up to us. We determine our destination, what kind of road we will take to get there, and how happy we are when we get there.”  

Here’s to pursuing my passions & dreams…

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First Assignment, Part 2!

So I was really excited to find out on our first day of class that we will be learning & discussing more about light & color than how to just take great photos.  It’s one of those areas where I have tried to read about & teach myself, but it just doesn’t sink in.  As a learner, I must see it, hear it, do it, & say it, to get it to soak in.  So part of our first assignment, she gave us two parts.  The first you saw with the piece of paper, the second took a little bit more thought and time.  We had to pick a building and come back 6 different types throughout the day and snap one photo of it.  You can kind of get the idea of what she wants us to look for; where is the light coming from and what is happening because of it.  This, I’m hoping, will help us understand what our cameras are doing in different types of light.  For the first two assignments we were allowed to use Auto (kind of boring), but she wanted the camera to do all the work and us to learn from it.

I am grateful in the fact that I live near the ocean and in a beautiful area.  I picked an old boathouse for my building.  I like the textured and the history it stood for.  Plus it was an added bonus knowing there wouldn’t be a lot of foot traffic too!  The day was filled with some interesting light, early morning fog cleared to blue skies in the afternoon, then revealing a painted skyline in the evening.  It really looked as if the sky was on fire at sunset.  It was breathtaking.

Our teacher also told us along with our assignments we should keep a light journal.  Jotting down what colors we see, what the light is doing and how it makes us feel.  It is harder said than done, I think.  We all know how light makes us feel, especially at sunrise or sunset, but I think it’s much harder to pin-point which colors we actually see right then and there.  She said that by the end of this class we will figure out which colors we tend to see most often and hopefully why!

What colors do you see?  Old Boathouse @ Prescott Park.