"We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone"

Back in 2013 I bought my first camera, a Fujifilm Finepix, not knowing a thing about how to use it, what manual even meant, and that there were many different lens out there for many different reasons. To say the least, I was COMPLETELY clueless. But, was this where my love for photography started? Not at all, you constantly saw me taking photos on my phone (even if the quality was so bad), and editing them through apps on my phone to make them 'look cool'. I look back now and am completely embarrassed at how my photos use to look but without those moments of taking crappy photos, I would not be knowledgable with angling, manual function, and usage of Adobe Creative Suites (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.). When I bought my FujiFilm Finepix, I wanted to use it for personal use, take photos around the farm, photos at my brothers sports events, etc. Never did I ever think that I would make a small, but successful, business out of photography. This camera took me on many adventures, taught me many things about myself and what I would someday become passionate about. Once I started learning more about photography (because there is SO much to learn; to this day I am still learning) by asking other photographers I knew and taking classes online and at University of Maryland I then upgraded to a Canon Rebel T3i, then a Canon Rebel t4i. This was when I found my love for the brand Canon mainly because of how user friendly they are. My rebels started my journey in taking actual photos for actual people. Thank goodness for my friends and family that allowed me to practice taking photos on them because believe it or not, taking photos is not easy... it is all about angle and lighting. A lot of people think that photography is "taking photos", it is SO much more than that and over the past 4 years I have learned a lot about it. From getting to know your camera, knowing how to position people for the perfect photo, to editing the photos just right on software that is not user friendly... it is a full-time job in itself and not many people know just how much time us photographers put into it all. Recently, I bought myself a newer camera (Canon 60D) and a brand new lens (Tamron 70-200 f/2.8) a.k.a my baby. The amount of work it took for me to be able to afford to buy something like that was well worth it. Im blessed to be able to continue to upgrade my photography equipment and it is all because of my amazing customers and I cannot wait to use this new equipment once my busy spring and summer sessions begin!

On another note, I also have a love for graphic design! Graphic design all started for me when I started seeing flashy farm signs and stall cards at cattle shows. I loved art when I was in elementary and middle school and creating things, so it was no surprise when I started enjoying graphic designs through Adobe Illustrator. If I look back at my very first graphic design and my most recent, I have seen so much improvement because of so much I have learned from watching YouTube videos, taking an Illustrator class at school and asking other graphic designers for tips and tricks. I plan to continue to learn more about graphic design because I love and enjoy putting my creativity into a logo, advertisement, etc. for someone. 

I started my photography and graphic design business about 3 years ago, after a year of owning a camera. I knew nothing about owning a business but I thought the only way I was going to learn was to start my own. 3 years later I have designed my own website, created my own business facebook page with 622 likes, and created many friendships with clients throughout this process. There are many things that are still being improved but this has been a great start and I cannot thank all of my loyal customers enough for helping me get to this point. 

I had a dream of starting my own business someday and if anyone knows me, they know that until my dreams are a reality I do not stop chasing them. I may not have a lot of free time because of school, work, having cattle and owning this business but I would not have it any other way. This has taught me how to be organized and manage my time. If anyone out there wants to start a business... DO IT... the only thing stopping you is yourself! 

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