The First Time I Called Myself a Photographer
I took a careers class in the 8th-grade. It was required in my middle school to start encouraging students to think what career path they might like to take as they went into high school and beyond. I don't remember what my answers were after taking the test, but I do remember writing down on my "high school path" that I wanted to major in Biology, minor in Zoology at Clemson University, and I wanted to work at a zoo. Bet you thought I was going to say photography? NOPE.
I had my heart set on a town that bled orange and following my Mama's footsteps in that tiger town. But, it's almost impossible to expect a pre-teen to know anything about figuring out their life. Heck, it's almost impossible to expect adults to have their life figured out, right?? About that time, I purchased my first camera with babysitting money. I had scored a sweet deal back then watching the kids across the street. It was a point and shoot digital camera. I took pictures of EVERYTHING. Photography hadn't crossed my mind.
I was in high school when I got my first DSLR camera. It was my dad's old Canon Rebel. Somewhere between the timespan of my freshman and sophomore year of high school, I made a Facebook page called "Captured on Camera Photography By Becky" and started posting all the pictures I took.
I took a screen shot of my "professional" Facebook page from back then. Here it is...
I had an account on Picnic.com which was the editing software I used and I thought I was the real deal y'all. I took my high school best friend out into a field behind her house to do my first portrait session (Sample image on the right from that session). I had so much to learn but I was hooked.
Since then, I've changed my photography business name and created a fresh new page to start professionally. I went on to get a degree in photography to ensure I knew exactly what I was doing.
I don't really know what changed me from the path of science to the path of art and entrepreneurship other than God's sovereign hand bringing me to where I am now. I do know that I love people and their stories. I love to express and create through many different mediums of art.
Knowing what I know now, I wouldn't have called my 15-year-old self a photographer, but I am really glad she took the leap of faith to get me where I am now.