While others in the class were fumbling around with loading their film in the SLR cameras... yes not digital but film! I was running ramped with mine. I was shooting anything and everything that was in front, behind, and around me. I finally found what I loved. I loved to be behind the camera capturing the world around me.
It wasn't only the click of the button that I loved. I loved being in the darkroom. Sure I was in there with 10 other students developing films (okay some where making out in the solutions room ) but I took it seriously. I had my first touch of 'photoshop' where I manipulated FILM, that's right people, film not files! It was a serious high for me. Then I got to sink that thin piece of seemingly blank photo paper in different buckets of solution. Once that fourth timer buzzed and I could flip that photo paper over and I was in awe as to what I had caught on camera.
I really took my time behind the camera. I learned about exposure, shutter speed, f/stops, and so much more. And I was always delighted with what came out of those soapy buckets. My photos always hung proudly on the board outside the classroom for all to see.
So let's get off of memory lane and talk about now. I still have that passion. Since that class, I purchased a film SLR and quickly returned it and bought my first DSLR. Oh Mer GERRRDDD! How the h*ll did I live with shooting on film. Sure, I fell in love with shooting and developing on my own, but being able to shoot so many photos and upload them blew my mind!
Over the past few years my mother (she is the best travel partner ever!) and I have traveled to over 7 countries together and countless Caribbean islands. Thankfully I have had my DSLR in tow. It was the best thing I have ever given myself.
That being said, I made a big decision today. I finally made a website to sell my work. I have been asked by many people to sell my prints and I have been hesitant. I get all self conscious about my work thinking 'it's not good enough'. But seriously, how many people do I need to hit me on the head telling me it is before I believe it?
I had some sort of epiphany last week when I was out shooting with another local photographer who has such talent. Nancy, at Nancy Greindl Photogarphy (check out her Facebook too!), and I went out at the start of a snow storm and shot locally around the area. We chatted all things photography and she really boosted my confidence! So I went home and pondered over the idea about starting a page to sell my work.
After a few days of 'pondering' I decided to take the leap today. I started Victoria Clemons Photography with just a few photos, and slowly adding more. It is a HUGE step for me because I am the type to give everything away for free.
This will first and foremost be my passion as it always has been. I have been knocked down by many people about my photography, but if I have a love for something I will always pursue it, and so should you!