Here's the thing, I found something new that I really love and I would have never thought to love, especially with the hobbies and activities I'm involved in. As you can probably see all over my "Shoots" blog that I really love photography. I've been creative my whole life due to an extremely artistic grandmother who taught me all the wonderful things I know today. My dad, who might I add is the coolest person ever, grew up on the love of photography and I think that's where my love came to be. Not only does my dad indulge in this art, but 2/3 of my brothers as well. I think when the gene pool happened way back when in my family, Robert and Taylor (the twins) got the musical greatness from my dear mother of course, and my brothers and I got the artistic and athletic and outdoorsy genes from my dad. Funny how things work?
I started out my little hobby by begging my dad to let me use his Nikon D90. Let me tell you, that was a mess. I had no idea what I was doing and I was kind of embarrassed too. It took a lot of practice. Months and months of researching, applying, and experimenting. I taught myself almost everything I wanted to know and then that's where my dad and my brother came in. All the things I had researched were so new and vague, I had no idea what they were. It took one short night of learning the ropes of a camera that was way too big for me. Then I got a smaller camera and everything was put into place, the Nikon D3000 (aka slowest camera ever!!!!). I felt comfortable and happy and that's when my whole love set off. My brother played a huge role. He taught me all about film. Needless to say, I love taking film. It's classic and beautiful and fun and awesome and I just love it.
I was horrible at first, I admit, but I was happy. I felt good doing something that I really enjoyed. I started off editing my photos with only filters, and that took a lot of the definition away from the beauty of it, so I downloaded Photoshop. Photoshop in itself is a mess and confusing. I got frustrated and didn't want to use it, until my dad, once again, showed me simple ways to make my photos pop. And so that's how I learned how to Photoshop. And let me tell you what a difference that made.
From this, I got my very own camera, a Nikon D7100. It is so beautiful and the new joke in my house is whether or not I sleep with it because I love it too much. After a few of my shoots were put out there (on a newly created Instagram page used primarily to display my art), I was lined up with shoots. It was insane and it also made me feel tremendous amounts of love thinking that people wanted me, a clear amateur, to take their picture. I had good shoots and bad shoots, but I still felt successful and happy because I was doing something that I loved and I was learning.
I remember looking through my dad's books on photography and his magazines and being so amazed with this art. I felt so enriched when I saw that people took their perspective and then captured it. I kind of had this feeling that I wanted to do what they did.
There's this famous picture of a beautiful and simple Afghan girl, photographed by Steve McCurry, that I once saw in my dad's books. I fell in love with that picture. It's my favorite to this day, and I'm sure to many others as well.
I want to accomplish natural and simple beauty in my photos. I want to take my perspective and capture it. I want people to feel the same sensation that they feel when they see something beautiful point blank, but through my photographs.
It's not easy, but I intend to work on it everyday and love it more and more everyday.
It's a new found passion that I hope to continue and feel for.
With that, picture this.
Holley has been living the dream since 1997. She is a lover of 80s music and rain and kombucha and goats. She's passionate about photography and sharing her life.
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