I want to share with you guys the start of it all,
The start of my photos
The start of my creativity
And the start of how I found love for such an art
I will be sharing the images I started taking once I got my first camera, well the ones I could find. I will share in the captions the message behind them or what was going through my mind.
Little note: there’s a lot of Self-portraits, I won’t be embarrassed for you to see my justin bieber alter ego but I want to make a point in saying that I was my best muse, I didn’t have any friends so I learned to create concepts and photograph myself. So if you’re in the same boat as me or maybe you’re too scared to ask your friends to pose, be your own muse!!! You’ll learn from this, believe me!
But before we get into the photos, I want to share a little message of encouragement for those of you who are beginners or for those of you who are thinking about getting into photography. And if you’re only here because you like what I write and what’s inside my crazy little fragile heart (it’s a joke, pls don’t take me seriously for things like this okay? Okay great) then let me just tell you how awesome you are!!
One of the questions I get asked most of the times is “when did you start to take photos?” Honestly this is a question I get asked A LOT, and to be honest if you’re one of those who asked, I’m sorry but I probably lied to you, not because I wanted to but because I suck at keeping time and 10 years for me looked like four so there’s that!
I’ve been shooting since 2009, yup that’s 10 years ago and if it wasn’t for that social media challenge I would have probably kept thinking it was 4 years ago. It’s crazy to think how much time as passed since I got my first Camera! (I still have it and I think maybe it still works) my parents got it for me that christmas and right away I started shooting, I remember being in love with art as a kid, I was not able to draw or color so I never had the courage to pursue any art classes until my sophomore year of High School
I was shooting for giggles, never knew what ISO, White Balance or exposure meant but this didn’t stop me from creating.
little secret I shot most of my photos in manual for all this years!!!!!
I meet a lot of starting photographers, some who are pursuing it as a hobby and some who are just stepping into it and want to pursue it as a career. Most of the time new photographers get discouraged because they see what others are taking and it makes them not want to pick up a camera because what they shot is probably not close to what those around them are shooting BUT let me be a voice of hope for you, listen loud and clear, as a creative we only post our best work because, you don’t see photographers posting that 20 blury photos or the other 20 photos they took in order to get that perfect shot, don’t think that to get a great image you just need to press the shutter and BAM! Yes that will be the case at some point in your career but that my friend will take years! Don’t let insecurity stop you from creating something. Photography as in any type of art you will need to have patience, you won’t become the next Steve McCurry by just shooting once. It take time to perfect your art, it takes time to learn new methods and new concepts so don’t beat yourself up to not taking amazing photos, you will get there!!!
I’m not close to shooting my best work, like not even on a %50 but with every photo I take I step closer to getting to where I want to be, maybe it will take my 10 more years, maybe it will take me a year, I don’t know but friend, trust the process and trust that little urge that you have to create!
Learn little by little, surround yourself with fellow creatives, I’m here to talk to you if needed, to create if needed.
Fall in love with your camera, think outside of the box and most importantly keep on shooting!
It took me about 8 years to be comfortable enough to believe in my work, I stopped gave up and picked a camera again and now I’m hungrier than ever to create!