I don't know when I took my first picture, but I remember always absolutely loving to take pictures.
I got my first camera when I was in elementary school. Before that it had just been those disposable film ones you'd take on vacation... and seriously, I adored those. I took pictures of everything. My grandparents' car. The beach. Our swingset. Looking back, those pictures are funny to me, and I get a kick out of once more seeing things the way I saw them then.
Eventually, I wanted to experiment a bit more. And so, I got my first digital camera for my thirteenth birthday.
I love this thing. So much. I learned with it... about seeing things differently. About capturing that. About how God is crazy creative. About myself. I found a part of myself with that little, purple Nikon Coolpix.
Recently, I got a "big camera", my Canon Rebel T1i. I am still trying to figure out what all the buttons are for. ;) But I love it, and God is expanding my passion for capturing the way I see things with this camera. I feel so blessed.
I love, love, love to take pictures. There are entirely too many reasons why. There's the basics... capturing memories and moments with family and friends. But for me there are some deeper reasons, I've realized.
Photography to me is about seeing things differently than the rest of the world, capturing that, then showing other people how you see what they see differently.
There are some things that I notice and think are beautiful, that others might not... like a certain rock, or a texture in wood, or a stray cloud. I strive to help people find the beauty in the ordinary. I'm constantly searching for it.
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The bottom line? God is immensely creative, and I absolutely love capturing what He has created.
I know I will always be a photographer at heart. I'd love to pursure becoming a professional, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. :) For now, I'm content to learn from people who are much more amazing than I, soak up life, and take many, many pictures along the way. I love photography dearly, and can't wait to see how God uses it in my life.