On this day exactly ten year ago, I received a gift that changed my life. Yeah, that sounds dramatic, and I had no idea at the time, but it is the truth. My mom found a Nikon bridge camera that was on sale at Wolf Camera for $400, and she asked me if I'd like to have that for Christmas. Of course, I told her I would, and it was my only present that year. A bridge camera stands between a DSLR and a point-and-shoot camera. They have fixed lenses as opposed to interchangeable lenses, but they can be used in Aperture, Shutter Speed, or Manual modes like a DSLR. This was a great little camera for my purposes. All my friends became models overnight!
I was a Junior in high school, and I was 17-years-old. Up to this point, I had already been documenting our middle school and high school years with my film cameras, but with the change in medium, I became interested in doing more than just documenting. I developed an interest for fashion photography in addition to documentary photography.
These days, when I run into friends from high school, they are never surprised by my career choice. When I say to them, "I'm a wedding photographer," they all say some variation of "That is so you. I can totally see you doing that." Those words are fantastic to hear. However, in 2005, I had no idea that I would choose a career in Photography. I was trying to decide where I would be attending college to major in Journalism or English, so that I could become a reporter. I was also heavily into traditional visual arts, like like drawing and painting.
It took me nearly a decade to realize where I was supposed to be going with my career. I think almost everyone around me already knew I was supposed to be a photographer before I did! So, here you can have some insight into the brain of a 17-year-old girl with a camera in 2005/2006, before we took photos with our cellphones. These photos were all taken between Christmas 2005 and May 2006. I love going back and looking at these, and I hope you guys will enjoy them, too.
This is my now-husband, Brad, on Christmas Day 2005. He also received a digital camera as a gift that year, and that was the beginning of our nature walks. This tradition continues to this day!
I snapped this shot of my friend Rebecca as she was talking, and I've always loved this shot. Rebecca dropped out of school a few months later and moved away not long after that.
On one of our photo adventures, Brad and I went over to our friend Justin's house and got some cool shots in his back yard.
My best friend, Ariel, was already my muse during my film photography days, but now she was constantly forced to model for me whether she liked it or not. I'm not sure if I ever properly thanked her for her patience.
Here is Brad rowing around in the pond behind his house. I documented him fishing that afternoon.
Anna was working on an art project during class. This was Advanced Visual Arts III with the awesome Mrs. Adams.
Finally, I would say this photo was probably my first photographic assignment. Olivia's mom had to work on the day of Olivia's school dance, so she asked me to come over and take some photos of Olivia before the dance.
Sometimes, I wish I could get in a time machine and go back to this time in my life. I'd love to tell that 17-year-old girl that she was going to travel the world and capture some of the most special moments in people's lives. But, our experiences shape who we are. Who knows if I would be on my current path if I had set my heart on a photography career back in 2005. Looking back on these photos makes me extremely happy. I'm not embarrassed to show them, and I hope you guys enjoyed this little insight into my high school days.