Thursday, April 26, 2012
Why photography "clicks" with me
OK, sorry for the cheesy title. I had to do it!
So, one of the things I love about my bread-and-butter occupation is the ability to learn new things and grow personally and professionally by cross-training in many different fields. On someone else's dime, at that!
I once joked to my coworkers about being "multi-talented" (Swear I wasn't being big-headed...What I REALLY meant was that I was a jack-of-all-trades and dabble in so many things. Multi-hobbied is more like it. Needless to say, they'll never let me live that one down!)
But really, I've always been a student of life...loving to learn, being engrossed and mesmerized by learning something new. I'll find myself Googling and Wikipedia-ing into the night on random subjects, just for the sheer joy of knowledge.
So, naturally, when I took on my writing job, I would always find myself tinkering in our office photography studio–eager to edit, scan negatives, shoot mundane stuff just for something different, new and exciting to do. Our head photographer is an amazing mentor...patiently teaching me, answering my dumb questions, telling wild tales of his days as a newspaper journalist. So as I learned and grew, he brought me along to bigger shoots and eventually to a photography conference called Texas School of Professional Photography last May.
Now, it is called SCHOOL for a reason and I'm forever learning by all means. I'm kind of the oddball of my class...not pursuing a photography career, but out of natural curiosity NEEDING to know all I can about it. But, wow, last year was an incredible learning experience. You can read about that here.
I think I mostly drank in the experience of being surrounded by so many creative and talented individuals. Some old pros that know the business inside and out, and motivated young photographers trying to rise above a saturated market. I was just along for the ride. :) Always the journalist, I just found myself talking with so many interesting people. Telling someone's story through a photograph is so intriguing to me.
Being in that environment really makes you think about taking a leap of faith and following your passion over a paycheck. I made forever friends–laughed, cried, felt deeply–and mostly found myself exhilarated and refreshed.
I'm still trying to find where it is that photography fits into my little world. Travel writer who just happens to take great images, perhaps? Exploring the world and telling the story of the beautiful souls in this life? Sharing pretty things here and hopefully inspiring others as they've inspired me? Time will tell, but it's the relationship aspect that I really love about it.
I'll be sure to update next week...if I find time between all the fun! Cheers to whatever your passion...and following it fearlessly.