New website, new blog, new plan. It's an exciting time! Since this is the first post of the new blog, I feel like a little history is needed to put things in perspective.
In 2007, my then-new friend Tony found out that I was interested in photography. I was a freshman at the University of Michigan; over the summer, I had photographed an English camp I taught at in China, mostly because I was the only one who knew how to use a camera. There, I felt responsible for telling a story: finding and creating images that would help others recount and remember their experiences. I guess that counted as my first professional experience.
Tony put me in touch with Blaine Siesser, an amazing Detroit wedding photographer and all-around good guy. Blaine exposed me to the fast-paced world of high-end wedding photography; I learned how to shoot with DSLRs and wireless flash triggers and fast primes, and I got to watch a master at work. It was an incredible experience, and after two years, I decided to try it for myself. Some incredible clients took a chance on me, but I had no plan - I was a full-time Architecture student, mentoring high schoolers on the side, and simply did not have enough hours in a week to pull off a photography business.
Time and energy constraints reduced photography to a hobby. Instead of weddings, my cameras came with me to places like Alaska and Hong Kong. I carried them across rivers, over mountain passes, and through busy city streets. This was an experimental time, a break from shooting receptions and first dances, and a chance to wake up early to photograph a sunrise at the top of a waterfall. It was an opportunity to flex some different creative muscles and expand my understanding of photography.
Which brings us to today. Why am I here?
Because I still take pictures, I still want to tell stories, and I'm doing it the best way I know how: with my camera. As I am no longer a student, school no longer demands a huge chunk of my day. People still trust me to take their pictures with this funny little black box we call a "camera." Now, I have the time, resources, and experience to give this a fair shot. We'll call it my second photography career.
So here's to another year of storytelling. My website and blog have been completely overhauled. I will try to post regular, interesting content to this blog, as well as to my Facebook page and Instagram feed. A workshop is coming very, very soon. I'm excited. Are you ready?
If you are thinking of hiring a photographer, have ideas for a project, or have any questions about the industry, please feel free to contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at +1.734.272.6334.