About Me: Why I love this thing called photography
Photography has always been a passion of mine.
I don't know what it was that drew me to cameras because I didn't grow up around them and my parents weren't big into it like I am. (If I have kids, I'll definitely be one of those moms that is constantly taking pictures and home videos.)
I can't pin point an exact moment when I fell in love with photography, but I started having photo shoots with my childhood best friend Kaleigh ALL THE TIME in middle school. That was like our thing that we did for fun. In the summer we'd ride our bikes to the neighborhood park and just take pictures of each other until the sun went down and it was time to ride back home.
I still remember the exact photos we took and oh goodness, looking back at them now, I can't believe I actually thought they were good. HAHA.
It's such a rewarding feeling to see how much my photography has grown since then and even in just the past year.
There goes the saying, "High school will be the best 4 years of your life". I don't know if that was exactly the case for me, but I do know that if I could go back, I would go back just for my photography classes.
Photography was hands-down my favorite class in high school. I learned how to shoot and develop my own film and there was nothing more peaceful and relaxing than going into the dark room and just getting lost in the art after a long day of boring classes that I didn't enjoy (like math, EW).
I grew so much as a photographer after learning the old fashion way to take photos and I developed an even deeper appreciation for the art.
My interest and love for photography only continued to grow from there.
When I finally had to start thinking (seriously) about what I wanted to do after high school and college, right away my answer was to own my own photography business. My thought process was that no matter what I did, I wanted to do something that I would truly enjoy and put everything in to.
My parents had a different idea. Was photography going to grant me a financially stable living? In their eyes, that wasn't the best option. Now Mom and Dad, if you're reading this, I don't blame you. I know you just wanted the best for me.
When it came time to choose a major, photography wasn't exactly an option but I knew that I wanted to do something that involved photography in one way or another. So that led me to where I am now: a multimedia journalism major with a visual communications and public relations minor.
When it came to getting involved in anything from extra curricular activities to internship experiences, I always gravitated towards photography. From being a photographer for the college's student newspaper and the college's communications office to interning as a photographer/videographer for WISH-TV (a local news station) and TheStatehouseFile.com (Franklin College's news source at the Indiana Statehouse).
Fast forward to now. My last semester of college.
In the past few months, I've really pushed to get myself back on track with my photography business. I kind of pushed it aside for awhile but I knew I'd always come back to it.
There's just something about being able to capture a special moment or being able create something beautiful that you've been envisioning in your head and watch it come to life.
The joy and excitement that I get from just going out and taking pictures is indescribable.
This is what I want to do. There's no way that I can't NOT do this.
So here I am, kicking my dreams of owning my own photograph business into high gear.
Thank you for supporting this journey of mine. — Nicole