We might as well start this story at the beginning. Every photographer has a boring story about getting a disposable camera from the grocery store as a kid, taking photos of the wall on a field trip, and forever being fascinated by capturing the world around them with photography. I’m not going to bore you with the details of my story, because I just did! OH!

I’ve always been interested in photography, but it wasn’t until I was a teenager that I really started taking photos. I was much too impatient as a child to wait for photos to come back from the lab. It was costly to take photos on film as a kid. When I was 16, I got my first digital camera for Christmas. I still have the thing on my shelf! Its a 1.3 megapixel Fuji. It took grainy photos, and 20 second videos without audio.  I was also obsessed with putting the stickers from bananas on everything I owned at the time, no idea why.

Less than a month after getting that Fuji as a gift, I took my Christmas money and bought a used Olympus digital camera from a friend.  I can’t recall if the duct tape holding the side of the camera together came free with purchase, or was my doing at a later date.

The photo quality was leaps and bounds better, despite the resolution being the same 1.3 megapixels. To turn on the Olympus, you have to slide open the cover and the lens will extend out. It took exactly 7 seconds for the camera to power on, extend out the lens and be ready to go. I missed a lot of shots because of how slow the camera was, you kids these days will never know the struggle.

I carried both of these cameras with me daily. For my last two years of high school, I took over 100 photos per day, every day. I took photos of literally everything, and everyone that I came across. This period of my life is where I learned attention to detail in my photography.

I could go on, but that’s a story for another day! Thank you for checking out my website. If you haven’t seen my Facebook, my Instagram or my Youtube, check out the links. Please like, share and subscribe!

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