My relationship with photography

Like most Americans, I received my first camera as a child.  I really can’t remember using it regularly until high school, and then it was mostly for special occasions.  Film and developing were expensive!

By the time I got to college, I was up to a roll every month or so.  Friends hanging out, family events, etc.–it was all about documenting the moments!  I was choosy about what I shot.  I still remember the feeling of picking up pictures at Target and rushing out to my car to look at them.

My true passion for photography didn’t start until my husband and I started dating.  Adam was a photographer/reporter for a local paper, and lots of our dates included some sort of town event he needed to cover.  

Well, a girl can only attend so many car shows, watching her boyfriend-turned-husband take hundreds of photos.  Eventually, I got a camera of my own and started shooting, too.

Up until recently, I’d been completely self-taught.  I’d read a lot of blogs and looked at a lot of photographs, so I knew what I liked.  My “eye” developed naturally, but I had no idea how to use my camera properly.  When it came to technical terms like aperture, white balance, metering, and ISO, I was completely lost.

After following Me Ra Koh’s blog for several years, I decided to take a big leap and attend one of her CONFIDENCE Workshops.  It was an intense two days of learning, letting go, and leaping, and I am so glad I did it.

In the last three weeks, I’ve only taken my camera out of Manual setting once, and I am loving the difference!  My pictures are cleaner, crisper, brighter…better.

I know I still have a long way to go, but I’m loving my journey!

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