Photography has always been therapeutic for me when I am tired, fed up or feeling uninspired.
Since birth, I've lived with a pre-existing condition. Taking a trip to the hospital every three months was a regular occurrence for me.
These past several years, I have been dealing with the long-term implications and consequences of my pre-existing condition. My physical ailments have cast plenty of doubts on my future. However, last summer was the first time I picked up a camera. I couldn’t believe the impact it would end up having on my life! At last, I had found solace in a hobby that didn’t ring a bell for me in the past. Through film and photography, I opened my mind and was struck by curiosity again. This new passion for learning and applying my new skill sets opened doors for me! Photography, film. and cinematography all led me to exciting, new career opportunities.
In my situation, working from home was ideal and certainly enticing. At the time, I didn’t consider myself very tech savvy or creative. So, should I have given up at that point? Never! You must keep an open mind in the face of doubt, negativity or failure. Although online marketing appeals to creatives that work from home, I was unsure how to hone my skills and make a living from it. I took my first big step forward when I started a digital design course for Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. After completing the class, I realized that deciding to start it in the first place was the hardest part! I was confident, positive and eager to learn more. This led me to a training course on TV production, which was offered by a local public access station. Now, I appreciate the power of new ideas and concepts that I had previously thought were too challenging for me.
This is not a blog for professional photography or filmmaking. I intend to blog about my journey as a beginner and share my struggles and successes along the way. I am self-taught and mostly watched YouTube channels such as Peter McKinnon, Matti Haapoja, Daniel Schiffer, Kai W., The Art of Photography, D4Darius, Jessica Kobeissi, Saurav Sinha, FJH Photography, Potato Jet, (Make. Art. Now.) and more. Sometimes, their content is too general or excludes a few important steps to help you learn the topic and then replicate their style. This usually leaves me with more questions than answers. When I am not able to make the connection between the lesson and the desired end result, I revert back to the knowledge I’ve gained so far. I think about what inspires me most about photography and that first feeling of joy that comes with using a camera, arranging a composition and seeing the beautiful end results. For my readers, my hope is that this blog will help you avoid the mistakes that I’ve encountered during my journey. I would also like to showcase my development and provide valuable insight to other amateur photographers and cinematographers on a similar learning path as I am.
I am far from perfect, so any feedback is welcome. Cheers!