So I have been thinking lately about why I chose to do Photography and what my photography means to me. So I decided to write a little about photography (which is a harder thing to do than I thought).
It all started with a plastic camera I got one year for Christmas. I think I used up all the film that it came with within minutes. I took photos of my family. I had set up mini still lifes with my toys. I would even use my mother's shirt as a back drop and prop up my Aladdin action figure and photograph him in different poses. I remember thinking how cool it would be to photograph actual real life models.
Then I went to college, and did not know what I wanted to study. I had it in my head that I had to study something practical, like accounting (I'm awful at math), or nursing (I faint at the sight of needles). I was completely stressed, because I just didn't fit into any one field. One day, I was sitting in my mother's office talking about maybe studying history and becoming a teacher. My mother looked at me and said that this would never make me happy, and that I should just study photography and that there was no point in paying money on an education that was going to make me miserable. She had a good point. So I enrolled in a photography class and a 2D design class, as a test to see if I'd like this whole "art thing". There, I met some very talented artists that scared the crap out of me. But I had to give it a shot. I had to listen to my mom.
I am so glad I listened to my mom! TEENS! LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER! Your mother is probably right, and you should just do what she says!
It has not always been easy. On multiple occasions I had to defend why I studied art and why I chose to focus my studies on photography. I don't make a lot of money doing it. Photography doesn't offer a 401 K. There is an amount of uncertainty with this path, and that confuses people and makes them feel uncomfortable. But that is okay, because it's the path that makes me happy.
Photography makes me happy.
To me, Photography is like a time machine. With it, you can capture fleeting moments and keep them the same forever. Moments like the smile a groom makes when he sees his bride for the first time on their wedding day; or the little yawn a newborn makes while being held by his mother. Time is constantly changing and I love that one can freeze that moment forever with a photograph.
I am a story teller.
When I photograph a person, I am telling that person's story of where they are at that moment in life. I am telling the world "Look! Look at this person. She is smart and fun and tough." or "Look at this couple. They are in love. They are beautiful. The world is a better place for them because they found their other half."
Everyone has a story, and I want to share their story with my photographs.
So that is why I chose photography. It freezes time. It tells a story. It makes me happy. And I like to think that they make others happy, as well.