How I got started as a photographer | Denver Mountain, Colorado Family Photographer Elopement Wedding Photographer
I get this question a lot. How did you get started in photography? Well, most photographers I know answer with I've always been a photographer. But I was a bit of a snob about it, I really DID NOT want to be a photographer, because EVERYONE was a photographer. But as with all good things in our lives God has a better different plan.
I actually started taking photos for fun with my dads old automatic Olympus film camera late in high school. I took photos my sister's senior year in college, my neighbor's little girls and my cousin. Everyone loved the photos, but I didn't think twice of it.
I headed off to college took photos of my friends and documented a mission trip to New Zealand. Every photo I shared with people everyone loved, but again I didn't think twice of it. I just loved capturing memories with creative light.
I started out as an early childhood education major but thankfully had a keeping it real teacher, realized I didn't want to babysit children all day, switched majors, schools, and studied something more creative: graphic design.
During my course work for graphic design I had to do some projects that included photography. My art teacher saw my photography and immediately asked my why I wasn't studying photography. I honestly didn't have an answer other than, everyone was a photographer and just shrugged it off.
The exact same month I was applying for an internship with an ad agency. I didn't have a huge graphic design portfolio yet so I just threw in some of my photography to show them my creative abilities. Both of the owners were blow away by my work and asked me why I was pursuing graphic design and not photography. It was then that I realized, I had a gift and not just nice family and friends. I felt God strongly calling me to pursue this.
But with only a few semesters left of my graphic design degree I finished the course load and began my photography business. I seriously just checked out a book from the library and connected with a few professional photographers I knew to begin my business. I immediately fell in love with weddings specifically and was drawn to the passions of marriage as I was quincdently in my first year of marriage myself. I loved capturing love stories.
Then, God provided the rest. I meet A LOT of people that were willing to pay me to photograph their weddings and engagement photos. I wasn't a professional nor really pretended to be. Everyone knew I was new, but they all trusted my creative eye. I loved EVERY moment of it, the thrill of the wedding day, the intensity of having to capture this once in a lifetime moment and rolling with the unexpected moments every wedding brings.
God provided a lot from there. And as they say it the rest is history.
Every year my business grew a little and we moved to Colorado after two years in business. Now, here I am today 8 years later with a wonderful business, still eb and flowing, with a wonderful associate, Brittany. I'm so excited to see what the Lord has in store for the next decade of this adventure.