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Ok.. so you may have noticed it's not dec 27th, I have been having some UBER issues with the wifi, so alas here's dec 27, tuesday tell all. This photographer is extremely talented and one of my inspirations and daily stalks on facebook. I can't wait to share! :D
I've had photography as a part of my life for the past 6-7 years. It started back in High School as a very casual hobby. I took a few classes and dabbled in both film & digital photography. I even decided to upgrade to a DSLR my Senior year of HS because it was something I was really interested in. I then took my adventures to Columbia College Chicago in their Photography Department. I still really didn't see myself doing this as a career at that point though. It just felt like a hobby and I really didn't feel all that talented with the camera at hand. I ended up only attending college for 2 semesters and called it quits. I then moved onto working at The Picture People, which is your basic one hour portrait studio in the mall. It surely didn't pay much, but it help me get the grounds for customer service, working with clients, and last but surely not least, I finally broke my nervous barrier of photographing people! :)
Funny thing is, I had 100% ALL intentions of being solely a newborn/infant photographer. I hated and was absolutely terrified of photographing High School Seniors. Lo and behold! I ended up falling completely in love with Seniors and it's ALL I focus on now! :) I think so of my favorite aspects about this age group is just how truly independent you become. I went through some huge changes at the age of 17 and I wish I could have documented that. You're finally becoming a woman and understanding more about who you are, what you believe in and why you do it. To be able to capture this huge time in someone's life is amazing. Not only that, I vicariously still live through these girls because I so badly miss being seventeen!
I do know that I am so extremely blessed to have started this at such a young age. I have time to really set my grounds of how I want to run my business, make my mistakes ALL before I'm ready to start a marriage & a family. I couldn't be more grateful for that. I'm also extremely lucky to know that I make the rules and that I can constantly let myself change and grow as a person AND as a business.
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