Halfway there has never been an option for me. In fact, finishing something to completion and exploring every possible angle is the only concept I know. Ask my parents—how many times during my childhood they sat around waiting for me to crawl to the very…verrrrrrrrrry end of a lava river cave or help me construct a castle for my 2nd grade social studies project, fully equipped with a moat and goldfish, which I’m still proud to say I got an A+++ on. When it comes to life, I suppose I just want to go deeper and climb higher in search of the enamorable—which is why I believe I am so deeply in love with photography. As an art to which I can examine and explore the world around me, photography allows me to live to my fullest of selves.
I wish I could say I was one of those people who was surrounded by photography while growing up, but I wasn’t. I did not come from a long line of photographers nor was I ever gifted that classic Zeiss Ikon camera, so the concept of making photographs has been a self-taught endeavor, but the intrigue of photography began at a very impressionable age. Riddled with bookshelves upon bookshelves of family photo albums, I would spend hours as a young girl sifting through the endless pages, transporting myself into the stories and wondrous world beyond my backyard. Photographs were like my magic carpet.
My desire to move from a viewer of photographs to a creator of photographs stemmed directly from the painstaking process of planning my own wedding. Searching through the diversity of photographers’ work, I quickly became infatuated with artist’s styles and their different perspectives. Photographer’s like Jose Villa, Lauren Ross, Mike Kelley, Sean Bagshaw, Chris Burkard, Grant Gunderson, and Reuben Krabbe inspired my passion to connect with my environment through the lens of a camera. Photography fulfills me in that it provides me an opportunity to explore the world from every possible angle. As a person who enjoys math and problem solving, I like to approach photomaking from a sculptor’s perspective in which I get closer and closer to the solution (or my final piece) with each changing angle and postproduction adjustment. Infinite possibilities and an ever-changing world keep me captivated.
And ultimately, photography gives me the opportunity to forever be that bright-eyed, curious little girl who wants to keep moving towards the next horizon to experience the view on the other side and to share the wonderment of the world with everybody around her. The world is glorious and life is a gift, and photography allows me to bring those two elements together. If I had to identify just one goal of my photography, it would be to share the joy of the world with humanity—to ignite a twinkle of desire for a better, beautiful world.
Working as Autumn Intern with wanderlusters Matt and Agnes Hage of HagePhoto, I am absolutely pumped to be fully immersed in the adventure travel and active lifestyle photography industry. With their guidance, I hope to build the necessary business foundation, learn how to develop rich relationships with clients, absorb some of their craft in creating outstanding images, be open for unexpected, and share some hearty laughs while drinking good beer.
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