I posted this link on my facebook page and reflecting upon the message, I had to make some comments…
For starters… everything that Don said is true. You take lots of sucky photos, but you take them because you like to, and want to… not because you need to.
I remember taking photos of my barbies with my moms camera. I remember taking LOADS of photos during school. During field trips. During vacations. Of friends. Of friends of friends. Of times in my life when I otherwise wouldn’t remember if I hadn’t taken a photo… Of my dog. Of my dog. Of my dog.My kids, the rickety fence post in the back yards. The trees. The flowers. My kids. The dog. The sunset. The sunrise. The water. The snow falling. Thunder storms. More kids. My family. My family being together. Random things that make up life…
…and FILM doesn’t lie. It shows you all the photos you took. It makes you stop. Think. Realize what you’re doing and what you’re photographing and ‘Hmmmmm, next time I need to do this.’
Then it happened.
I started photographing other peoples kids. Other peoples dogs. Other peoples flowers. Other people.
I never went through life imagining I wanted to be a photographer because I was always taking photos anyway… it was just a natural progression in gear, technique, vision and loads of trial and error.
If I didn’t make another dime at photography as an occupation, I would still take photographs of all the things I love; I would still be a photographer.
…one of the first digital images I took… My momma and Eldest a few months after my dad passed away… nearly 10 years ago.