How I Became a Photographer

He rolled over in bed. It wasn’t just another morning, his life was about to be changed forever. He had no idea. He was about to receive a gift that would stay with him all through his journey of life, a gift that would be there for him in the best times and the worst. His sister had one, and he had grown attached to it. Not seeing the full potential, but knowing the privilege. It would leave his side, but be there any moment he needed it to capture a moment in time, forever.

It was christmas morning, and after not being able to sleep, he was exhausted. The excitement that would come could not be matched. He knew what he was getting, but as soon as his eyes were open, there was no hope of going back to sleep.

This is the day my life changed forever, and a morning I will never forget. It was better than my birthday because my whole family was there. Waiting for everyone to wake up was the longest wait I had experienced. I stared at the box under the tree, and when everyone finally woke up, I unwrapped my very own, silver, Canon XT. It wasn’t as good as my sister’s XTI, but it was mine.

I think every photographer goes through a stage where they will not let their camera leave their side, and I was no different. I took it with me everywhere, enjoying the digital aspect. From then on, I always knew I wanted to be a photographer, but I had no idea how, and had no idea what I was getting into.

When I was 16, I met one of the biggest influences in my photographic career. Looking back, I got way more out of it than I could have ever dreamed. Meriah Mozingo from Mozingo Photography in Asheville NC had just started shooting weddings, and I had the privilege of shooting right along side her. She taught me, and I like to think I taught her a thing or two. But looking back, I got the better end of the deal.

From there, it was hundreds of hours studying other photographers, practicing what they teach, and applying what I learned. Hundreds, thousands of hours later, I was able to take it up a notch and start my own business with my own, educated and experienced style of shooting.