Well, I’ve decided to make this blog a little more personal. I think I will use it to chronicle some of the struggles and frustrations I am facing as a new photographer as well as some successes and beautiful images.
I’ve always wanted to do photography. I often kick myself for stopping the process a few years ago. I was getting ready to get an associates in photography from SLCC when I fell into the opportunity to get my special ed license. The lure of more money, a real job and health insurance was too much to pass up. Don’t get me wrong, there are things I really love about teaching. There are just some big issues that make it such a punishing job… the system is so broken and frustrating. It was always so stressful and I often found myself asking, “Why am I doing this?” I was desperately waiting for the day when I could just take pictures…. something I absolutely love to do.
Well, when I quit teaching I jumped on the opportunity to take some classes and started saving every penny I found on the street to get a digital SLR. I spent hours completing online surveys for pennies, babysitting, finding quarters in couches…. I love my camera! It was worth it!
I was so excited to find the classes at the Salt Lake Art Center. I really feel like I am proficient, and getting towards expert in photoshop now. I also made some really great connections in those classes. There are so many people out there not willing to share, not willing to take you seriously because you didn’t go to art school, looking down on you for trying to do this thing through what has now become a not-so-unconventional route. I have been grateful for people who are just willing to share and help you along the way. Dana Sohm is one of these amazing mentors who is not worried about competition, not looking down on anyone for trying to do something they love without “proper” training. Maybe it is because he got a late start on his photography career as well … I’ve appreciated all his help and his willingness to go out of his way to help me become a better photographer – sharing opportunities whenever they became available. If you have the opportunity to take a class from him at the Art Center, I highly recommend it. You won’t regret it.
I’m rambling… I’ll stop. I have so much to say, but I should save some for another day I think. I’m just grateful to have the opportunity to do something I love so much – even if I’m not doing that much right now. I am very excited for the wedding I have coming up … and to be able to work alongside another mom-photog whose company and work I really adore.