February 8, 2012

this journey

I like to call this "Journey to the Center of the Earth." Or: "How I Started this Crazy Thing Called Taking Pictures of People For A Living. AreYouSeriousICanDoThat."

I remember telling my mom that knew what I wanted to do after high school. 13 year olds don't say "when I'm grown up." They say "after high school" or "in college."

Except I wasn't going to go to college. My career of choice needed no formal education, just hands on experience and a lot of passion. I wanted to be a photographer.

You know how most people find out they love photography while in college + pursuing something else like law? (Oh wait. That's  j* and J+M? Whoops.) Well, I learned while being babysat. By an awesome person named Kristen. She brought her camera sometimes and would take pictures of my siblings and I for practice. And boy did I fall in love. With the camera, with the pictures, with that fact that you could TAKE PICTURES with a CAMERA. I asked her so many questions, she should have gotten sick of me. But she didn't. She listened, answered, and even let me hold her camera a few times. I meeellllltttedddd.

Fast forward a few years later (2009) and I now had about 15 families, a senior, and a Nikon D80 under my belt. It was a whirlwind of God's kindness and enabling me to pursue my dream. I loved it. I loved my life: God was (and is!) so good. But then, I started to think about weddings. I loved them. So. Much. I loved the idea of taking pictures at weddings. And ruh roh. The idea snuck in of me being a wedding photographer. Nothing really happened until I second shot for Kristen for the first time. I mean, I had taken pictures at both of my aunt's weddings, but I wasn't getting any business from that. (Hey. I was 15 and had no wedding experience whatsoever. ;))

Slowly, slowly as I second shot more and read up about wedding photography I kept thinking "Yes. This is it. I love this. I want to do this for a living." See, now we are at the "for a living" stage.

God in His KINDNESS gave me the opportunity to do many weddings + an internship with Kristen last year. It was some of the most fun I have ever had and I said with an emphatic "yes!" that I wanted to do weddings. Are you fo real girl? Oh yeah.

And now I'm living the dream of taking pictures for fun and for a living and I love it. And I love people. Holla.


Sara said...

I love that you have the determination and initiative to dive into the challenge you've given yourself. That sounds weird.. what I mean is I have a lot of admiration for your well-thought out plans for your future!

Katelyn James said...

You have got to be the CUTEST thing in the world!! seriously. You go girl!! You are so impressive AND inspiring! Thank you so SO much for this sweet entry! I loved reading about your journey!!

Kiley said...

Ellie, you are so inspiring. That's crazy that Kristen was your babysitter, and so amazing. I hope you win girl, you really deserve it.

Rachel Clarke said...

Ahhh! Love it. :)