I have always wanted to be a photographer. One rainy April day, I ventured out, purchased my first DSLR and various paraphernalia to go along with it, chose a business name, and built a website around real estate and event photography. I read everything I could about how to use the camera and how to take good pictures, started pushing the shutter button, and in May registered in the Algonquin Photography Techniques Program….in that order. Nineteen months later I completed the 4-year program.
Some photographers have a uniform, recognizable style. To me, it seems limiting to only photograph the world in one way. I don’t consider myself a traditional photographer. I like to look for something of interest to photograph and then look beyond it to find a different way to take the shot. Photography allows me to get outside the box, be a bit rebellious, break some rules and get away with it.
Photography is also my way of slowing down, escaping the norm and watching the world move at a more peaceful pace. It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful this world is….yet it is so easy to miss that beauty when our lives are so busy.
The day I discovered photography was the day I also discovered a hidden part of myself.