When my husband gifted me my camera a few years ago.... I never knew it would open up a whole new world for me.
I've always been a photography lover. Attempting to manipulate my little Kodak point and shoot to get these amazing shots I saw in my mind was something I had done for as long as I can remember. I dreamed of the day that I would find the man of my dreams and he would surprise me a few weeks before Christmas with a camera that my little Kodak camera wished it was..... Ok, maybe the dream wasn't THAT specific, but you get the just of it.
From the first MOMENT I snapped a picture with my Nikon, I knew. That was it. That was my dream. That was my calling. That was what I NEEDED to be doing with my life.
I feel it. I breathe it.
Photography gets me all excited about everything. It's like looking at the world with new eyes!
Now, I know that I am no professional. I haven't had formal training and I in NO WAY imply that I have mastered all of the amazing things that my camera can accomplish.
But I need to. I want to. I CRAVE knowing more.
With that said, I have started looking into photography classes at our local university. I need this. Not only to better my photography, but for my soul. Have you ever did something and thought... "I could do this for the rest of my life. This was meant for me?" I have. I still do.
What solidified my thoughts on furthering my hobby?
I attended a wedding this weekend. The photographer, I am sure, got some lovely shots. But.... I kept seeing the most touching and lovely candid shots that she was missing. While the bridal party posed itself (with no direction.... that's another topic that bothered me) she stood there. Sour face. Sour attitude. Pointed and shot the undirected shots before moving on. Loving touching moments of hugs and laughter seemed to go unnoticed.
She gathered no grandparents for photos. Barely gathered parents for photos. And offered no variation in any angle.
Honestly, she looked aggravated to be there. Like... Well, like she was working.
I don't feel that way when I am taking pictures. I don't feel that way at all. I get excited for different shots. And capturing special moments. And soaking up the gloriously happy moments that come when a group of people are gathered for a once in a lifetime moment.
Seeing their photographer in action.... Or lack of action... Did it for me.
I NEED this. I need to start doing what I love. If not for me to enjoy, but to share in capturing others enjoyment for them to treasure.
So, photography classes..... Here I come.
New life path..... I'm ready for you.