Getting back to photography

I have friends who wear Star Wars costumes and act like the characters all day. I may not be that deep into it, but there’s something great about loving what you love and not caring if it’s unpopular.
-Kristen Bell

Sometimes in life, you go down the wrong path and during the time you end up losing things that are actually things you love. I started university with the big idea that I was going to be the world’s next best photojournalist. I’d work for the all the big names, like NatGeo or Discovery, traveling the world. I made a decision to go to a school that was close to Washington, DC for that very reason.

I loved my camera and I loved taking it everywhere even when though it was bulky and heavy. I took photos of everything and everyone. I had recently had a photo published in a local calendar for a pretty well-known tourist stop in southwestern PA. I was convinced that I was going to do it and spend my whole life taking photos. Then I talked to more people from the industry…

I learned how much you needed to finance on your own, how long you had to freelance, and on and on. I got thrown off from it. At this point, I was already lagging a bit because I could never afford real photo editing software just anything you could download for free. I could get by, but not anything next to people that could put the money into equipment and classes. So, I put my camera down.

I always took it out and went and played around with it. It wasn’t until I did my semester in Australia that I started really using it and loving it again. Recently, I have been obsessed with using film cameras. They create such a nice break for me. I love to set up shots, but sometimes I cannot get exactly what I want so I get stuck just trying over and over again. With this, I can take it and move on. If it comes out good, then great. If not, then it’s still gonna be pretty cool unless it’s just too dark. Maybe one day I’ll even take the time to get better at editing so I don’t have to be so sucked into getting everything right in-camera.

I could’ve figured it out. I probably could’ve stuck with photojournalism, but then I would not be in the right place. I love that I switched to public relations. I love the places it has brought me. I am so excited to be able to bring this aspect back into my life as just a fun thing I do that could also be helpful in a business setting if they don’t need a strict professional. I am learning new tricks and even helping my friend make a video.

So, don’t ever give up on something you love. Maybe just change the way it fits in your life.


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