Photography has always been my passion. It's taken a back seat to other things in my life, but it's always there for me. I am a writer, also, and I keep thinking about how much these two creative outlets go hand in hand. Photographs tell a story, and my words tell stories - if I do it right! The inspiration for one fuels the other - I am often writing and have to take a break to take some photos, even if the pictures don't relate to what I'm writing. And photo shoots have often led to me coming home and starting a story. The good thing about that is, once the inspiration of the photo shoot wears off, I can upload the pictures to edit them and pick up the story thread once more.
When I was younger, I wrote stories, and I took pictures. I don't think they were as linked for me back then, but I can't remember too clearly. I think I just loved taking photos of things around me. I have albums full, from when I had a rectangular Mickey Mouse camera that took 110 film.
Some examples of the art I created with that camera:
After working my magic with that camera for awhile, I would borrow my mom's Canon 35mm point and shoot. I also loved buying disposable cameras at the drug store and using all the pictures on my friends being silly. But once I graduated high school, I wanted to get more serious about photography. I saved money from my part-time job to buy my first digital camera:
I cringe to think how much THIS camera cost me back in the early 2000s!
It was really good for what it was. It was tiny, so I could sneak it into concerts, and it took pretty good low-light pictures in clubs! I always had it with me, and often took tons of photos when I was at work (see below). It had a really good macro setting, so I loved using it for nature photos. It's so funny to see it now, though - 3.2MP, the digital zoom... wow. But it helped me explore photography and figure out what I wanted to do. It was a good stepping stone from playing around with film cameras to really pushing the limits with a digital camera, and realizing I wanted to have more freedom with my camera settings.
I used that little Olympus until it was near-death, saving my paychecks to upgrade again. I bought a Nikon D70 a year or so later. This is the first photo I ever took with an SLR! I still really love it... It might be an emotional thing, since it was my first picture with my first SLR, aka a huge moment in my creative life. It's also a tree on my childhood street that factors into a lot of memories, and is still there, and I get to see my son climb on the roots! But I also think it's a pretty nice photo.
I invested in a few lenses and used this camera for sports photography, a couple of weddings, lots of portrait sessions, and - my favorite - band photography. As good as I thought my Olympus was with low-lighting, this Nikon kicked its butt.
My old portfolio from my previous photography business, including
photos taken with the Olympus and Nikon D70, can be seen HERE.
After two years with my Nikon D70, I sold it and bought a Nikon D80. Not a huge upgrade, but I had some big events on the horizon and needed a new, more reliable camera. I've had that D80 ever since! Over 11 years now... I kind of want to upgrade, but there's really nothing wrong with my current camera. I'm sure the new cameras are way more powerful, and I'm eager to try one, but this guy has been with me so long... We'll see! As my business grows and I stretch myself creativity, it will probably become a necessity within a year or two.
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