Ever since I was young, I wanted to capture what was going on around me, because I didn’t want to forget all the memories I was making. Whether it was stealing my mom’s camera or my Uncle Peter’s, who always told me I took the best pictures at family occasions, I was always snapping away.
When I started high school, I took my first photography class, which I fell in love with. I was able to experience taking photographs on a film camera and developing the photos into black and white in the black room. I thought this was the coolest thing ever at the time; however, I finally made my way over to digital. I would simply just capture the beauty of life around me that people don’t often enjoy. After taking photography in high school, I knew that I wanted to do something more with it, so as a minor in college, I chose to continue my passion for photography, and I am so happy I have done so.
Photography is not only a stress reliever but has also taught me to appreciate other things besides people. It taught me to appreciate the beauty of everything around me, especially the outdoors.
With the help of my dad, last Christmas I received a Nikon D5300, and I was finally able to put everything I learned to use with my own personal camera. Changing the ISO, the aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, perspective, and everything else that I learned, I got to put into use in real life, on my own, whenever I wanted to.
One day I went on Google and typed in “places to photograph in Boca Raton” and was surprised by all the places that came up and that I didn’t know about. Each week, I went to one of these places to not only enjoy the beauty of it and my passion, but to boost my confidence. I was honestly surprised by the things I was able to capture.
If you have a passion for something, do it.
Everyone, in some way, is their own photographer. Whether it’s a million selfies taken a day or Instagram posts, you don’t need to be an expect to take the perfect picture.