Well, it seems to be the most common question asked during sessions, or even in every day conversations outside of the studio. 'So, how long have you been doing this?' Well, it's a big, hairy answer! The simple one, is since 2009. But the complex one, is, I picked up my first camera in 2009. Annapolis, Maryland, a Nikon D80, with a kit lens - I couldn't even tell you which one, anymore. I found a friend who'd known a local girl who wanted to get some portfolio photos taken for her modeling, and we went from there. We wandered down to the Chesapeake Bay, and I had her waddle out onto a pier, while I waded out (yes, waded) with my camera high above my head to avoid any waves hitting it. With water up to my neck, I took my very first fashion shot. Within a few weeks, I'd turned my apartment dining room, into my own little photography nook - we'd just have to eat dinner on the floor for all I cared! I had a large backdrop, two continuous studio lights, and my camera. To be quite frank, I hardly ever used it - I can recall two separate occasions. Fashion and models just weren't something I found passion in.
Fast forward to 2012, I had my hands on a Canon. Now, I'm a Nikon girl - I know nothing about Canon's, and can't even tell you what model body it was. But I had my photography desires still burning inside, so I found yet another model - I knew I had a passion for a camera, but I'd just hope that maybe this time around the models would be different! Spring Lake, NC - just outside of Fort Bragg, I found a model and we snapped away. Yet, I still couldn't find the passion I knew was burning... so I again, put down the camera.