I've been doing photography as a hobby ever since I stumbled into it back in 2001 while I was freelancing for a local magazine. I was sent on an assignment up in NYC to cover the National Puerto Rican Day Parade and interview some up and coming talents from the Bronx. I had no clue what to do other than to just take pictures of everything and absorb as much information as possible to bring back home to Kentucky. That experience alone sparked a passion in me that I never knew I had. Not only did I thoroughly enjoy taking pictures I also realized I had a natural eye for good images, a great combination for pursuing a new hobby.
Later after the NYC assignment I had bought a couple of film cameras here and there and discovered quickly how expensive it can get from purchasing and developing film. A few years later I saved up enough to invest in my first digital camera, a Canon Powershot S2IS. Let me tell you, the limitations I left behind with film while going into digital were so liberating. Instant viewing results and the ability to do creative editing paid off very quickly. Now I was able to explore photography a bit more, taking my Powershot with me where ever I went. Whether it was a beautiful day in the city, on vacation or even to work in the event of a slow night, I had my camera with me. However I eventually outgrew this camera and ran into the frustrations of not being able to take the type or quality of pictures I desired. I needed to invest in a DSLR but didn’t have the money so I eventually put the Powershot on the shelf and left photography alone for several years. There were a few times I would see something that would make a great photograph but not having the equipment became really disheartening… My passion went dormant.
Family and friends would ask or tell me from time to time “What happened to photography” or “You need to pick the camera back up” to which I mostly brushed off thinking to myself, yeah they are right but not right now. I knew one day I would invest some money and pick the lens back up but I had no clue when or where it would happen. Enter fall 2011. I had been wanting to take some pictures of my fiancé and her son for a while but didn’t want to use my old point and shoot for the very same reasons it was collecting dust. Well good friend owned a Canon Rebel XT and I was fortunate enough to borrow it for a weekend. So I did a little bit of research on shooting with a DSLR and headed out to Bernheim Forrest. I was very excited to try this camera out and at the first shutter collapse I fell in love with it... my passion was reignited. The speed and quality of a DSLR vs “Point and Shoot” was no comparison at all. I knew I had to bite the bullet and drop a few bucks to invest in my own DSLR so few months later I did. Since I’ve always been partial to Canon I decided on the Rebel T3i and let me tell you, it is worth every single penny. Now here I am with a camera that I can grow into as I pursue my passion further. I’m all ready and set to go… DSLR – check, a couple of good lenses – check, a digital darkroom set up – check, and determination – check... My passion is Focused. :-)
The Inspirational Photo Session That Reignited My Passion...
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