Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My Photography Story

I've had a camera near by since I was 14 years old. As a Christmas gift my Father gave me a Nikon 6006 which back in those days was a really, really nice piece of equipment for such a young girl. That year in school I took Photography 1 and caught the bug and caught it bad. I spent the next 3 years shooting photos for my High School Yearbook, everyday I could be seen with my camera. I used to have lunch alone in the darkroom while processing film and making prints. So, yeah that means I'm talking FILM! My Grandfather was a photographer in the Navy and my Father was a Photographer for the Police Department. He also ran a very successful Wedding Business for years. I had no appreciation for that at the time, but now I know he was working his rear off... Full-time job during the week, Weddings it seemed almost every weekend. He had this HUGE and HEAVY Mamiya 120mm with an equally heavy flash assembly on the top. At 16 I could barely lift it!

In college my camera stayed in the bag and collected dust. I went to a few Yearbook Meetings but for some reason I could never get up enough confidence to accept an assignment. Why? I have no idea. When college came to an end I accepted a Sales Job...I have no idea why...I guess because that's what I thought I was supposed to do. I worked so hard and I worked all the time and I hated it. I can remember the day I fled that place on my lunch break and drove home in a rush to dig out of an old pile of papers the want adds from weeks before where I had found an add for a photographer. I called anyway and made a connection... To make a long story short I got the job and I couldn't believe it. So for the past 10 years I have been a Preschool Portrait Photographer. I've done it all but that is where I spend most of my time. It's fast, it's high volume, it's fun, it takes patients, and a unique skill set of business savvy and personality, not to mention you have to be pretty good with the 2 to 5 year old crowd. I think I've wiped a million noses and been sneezed on countless times! For years moms have asked if I do work on the side and for years I've said no, but now I'm in my 30's and I have no time to waste...I'm taking my future into my own hands and in the nick of time. The high-volume work almost made me lose my love of photography but it's back and stronger than ever!

I started my own business as some of you know and it's starting slow and steady. I'm so excited and so determined. Any mom out there who has a dream or a goal should go for it. Sometimes one adventure starts out pretty ordinarily and leads you down an alternate path that you never even knew was there...


Lindsay said...

Great post! Your pictures are great! I too am trying to open my own business but it's a Blog Design business but I love the encouragement you give and take it to heart : ) I really want to do something that allows me to stay at home for as long as I want but still give me something to do that I also love.

I gave you an award over at my blog...Congrats!

Danifred said...

I really hope things take off for you and you find your own little piece of happiness in the world of photography!

Melissa Papaj Photography said...

Good luck Brandy! I am sure you will do awesome. Found you on SITS. I'm going to go check out your photo blog now :)

Theta Mom said...

Brandi, I love this post! I totally agree with your mom, you have to take chances in life and chase a dream. I posted about my childhood dream of becoming a Radio City Rockette. Although I never actually made it, the audition alone was enough for me becasue I gave my dream a chance.

Best of luck with the new business and keep chasing those dreams! I'll be chasing right there with ya. ;)

Have a wonderful New Year!