One of my favorite things to do as a child when visiting my grandparents would be to go through their photo albums & look at pictures. Even if I seen the album a dozen times, I'd still enjoy looking. My grandpa was a photo bug & that’s something that I'm proud to have inherited from him. It's something we both loved, taking photos & looking back on special moments captured.
I've always had a creative eye & a passion for art. I majored in art in high school & still continued to practice painting & drawing after I graduated. I still enjoy painting to this day but I find I'm too critical of my work & am not as happy with the finished piece as I am with a photo.
I bought my 1st film camera when I was 22. I fell in love with it, but couldn't afford to go to school to learn more about photography or even develop my film after so many rolls collected. I bought my 1st digital point and shoot camera in 2006 and I had a lot of fun with it, but once I got my hands on a DSLR in 2012 is when my interest for photography really developed into something more of an obsession. I found my passion. I started taking pictures of anything & everything trying out different camera settings and I eventually invested in some better lenses, some lighting & decided to invest in myself, to pursue my dream of being a photographer.
I've always wanted to be a photographer but never really had the confidence considering it's such a competitive field of work. After so many of my family & friends kept telling me that I should be a photographer, and after I got more & more requests to sell my prints, or take family photos, I decided I'll do it. So I started charging for my services because there isn't a better way to make some extra money than doing what I already love to do. I've sold many of my photos through websites such as fineartamerica.com & also personally through family members & friends. I've had the opportunity to exhibit my artwork & photography at the Hammond Public Library, and I have also been hired locally for jobs such as family portraits, birthday parties, real estate shoots, engagement photo sessions & weddings and even product photography.
In my spare time when I'm not out hiking somewhere taking pictures, I like to read about photography, browse photography websites and try to learn as much as I possibly can & put it to practice.. I never had any formal education or training in photography. My knowledge on it is all self taught thanks to trial & error, the internet & magazines.