My Photography Background

January 02, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

The Taj MahalThe Taj MahalIndia Photography Travel Photography The first camera I ever picked up was a Canon Film Camera in 2003.  I was taking a black and white film photography class at Binghamton University.  After 2 courses in film photography including film processing, dark room editing, dodging and burning with bits of cardboard and lots and lots of chemical baths I put down my film camera and never picked it up again.  I actually loved photography but I felt like I didn't have any inspiration in my home town.  All of that changed in 2011 when we moved to Thailand.  I picked up a point and shoot camera and began shooting for fun - actually I preferred video at that time.  In 2013 when we backpacked through South East Asia I primarily focused on video editing though I did take some photos too.  When we moved back to Thailand in 2014 I began looking at photos on Instagram and I became obsessed with the look of what I came to know as HDR photography.  I became obsessed and bought a new camera with exposure bracketing which could also shoot in RAW.  I became obsessed with taking photos.  By the time we headed off for our 8-month, 30 country honeymoon in 2017 I had my camera by my side every chance I had.  I was determined that I was going to return to America as a professional photographer.  I launched my photography company upon our return to America in 2018 and even as a new photographer I had a lot of people give me a chance.  I was determined not to let them down.  I spent countless hours learning and practicing, I reinvested every dollar I had into newer and better equipment.  The feedback I received was overwhelmingly positive.  But in order to make ends meet I was doing everything - birthday parties and cake smashes and newborn shoots - things I had no passion for.  Photography was feeling more and more like a job and I was quickly burning out.  I decided that I wasn't going to ruin photography for myself.  I went back to teaching full time, so that I could concentrate on the types of photography that I wanted to do.  In 2020 I bought my first drone which opened up a whole new world of photography to me.  Today I focus on weddings and engagements, family photography, real estate and drone photos and my personal favorite- selling fine art images of nature, landscapes and cityscapes.  However the one thing that the pandemic has derailed is my travel photography.  My next adventure is going to include taking my professional knowledge and vastly improved equipment back overseas in 2022.  And of course, if you are interested in working with my in the Greater Binghamton area, please don't hesitate to reach out!


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