I picked up a high end point and shoot camera in 2009 with the intention of taking “better” photos of henna tattoos for a website I was designing. At the time I was a henna artist working at festivals and street fairs and such. If you had told me then that in 5 years I would be a photographer full time, I would have laughed and thought you were crazy! Needless to say, on that day, that purchase changed my life.
That wonderful year I took that tiny little camera with me everywhere. Friends started noticing I was taking pictures and most of those pictures ended up as “profile pics” on Facebook and other new social media sites. Word spread and shortly after my friends started offering to pay me to photograph their families and events. Then friends of friends asked. Then my first wedding referral happened. I proudly shot that wedding with my tiny little point and shoot camera.
The more people who asked to hire me, the more I learned about photography. The more I learned the more I wanted to upgrade my gear. The more I learned and upgraded the more jobs I got. Then I rented a studio. Several years a half dozen lenses and a few camera bodies later, I quit my job with Wells Fargo and moved full time (and across the country) into my photography business.
So, here I am today. A self taught, passionate hobbyist turned pro… camera in hand, ready to snap your picture!