Trust me, this post gets better as you go on. Anyways, there it is. One of the photos from about 10 years ago when I was starting out doing landscapes. In fact this picture still remains in a “Good Pics” folder, which I haven’t touched in about 10 years. Kate found it, proceeded to poke fun at me, then told me to blog about where I started and where I am now.
As I’ve mentioned before in the About section, I started out photographing almost anything when I was a kid. I don’t know how much my mom paid to have all the film developed. I’m sure she wasn’t happy when she got the photos back and saw that they were of nothing special. Fast forward a bit, and I’m now in the Army. My unit commander finds out that I’m into photography and “voluntolds” me to go to a photojournalism course. He wanted to give a more public image of our unit within the community. That single 2 day course taught me a lot about composition and other techniques. I don’t have any official Army photos to share with you, but as a consolation, the photo of me to the left is from my Army glory days.
After I was discharged from the Army I took up photography as a more serious (expensive) hobby. I took my camera everywhere with me and even took vacations by myself so I could photograph the location. I’ve been shooting landscapes and architectural for the last 10 years or so. The ones in the beginning are silly to look at now. It’s amazing to see how much I’ve learned over the years – and how much my style has changed. I’m not professionally trained, nor do I have any formal schooling under my belt when it comes to photography. All I can say is thank god for Google! I’ve learned almost everything from reading tutorials on the web with a healthy amount of trial and error.
When I met Kate 4 years ago, she expressed interest in photography as well. It was more of a casual interest and there wasn’t much talk about it. About a year ago I upgraded my camera and gave my old one to Kate. From there, we’ve been a non-stop photography team. I told her everything I know about photography and she picked it up and ran with it.
My transition from landscapes to portraiture came earlier this year when I did my sisters engagement photos as a favor from a brother. She shared them with all of her friends, and next thing you know we’ve been busy ever since! It’s a wild ride, but it’s a lot of fun. 2011 is shaping up to be a big year for us, and we’re prepared to tackle it head on.
To wrap this post up, compare the images above with some of the ones below. These are considered to be some of my favorite landscape images I’ve taken.
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