The Spark

As a young girl, I absolutely loved being outside in nature. It was part of me. My family would go on adventures as often as possible. One particular adventure that I remember was through Wyoming. We spent a full week near Jackson Hole and during this week we went fly-fishing, horseback-riding, and fossil-hunting. I found myself taking pictures from all sorts of angles. I never had any training, but I would have a thrill every time I looked at the camera’s screen and would see a terrific view or a neat shot of wooded textures. At this time, it never occurred to me that photography was a passion. I just clicked a button and liked the result.

After graduating high school, I went on a journey to find my passion. Dental hygiene was the goal; I thought I knew my perfect career. However, one year into the prerequisites, I realized that I had assumed incorrectly. I was stuck and didn’t know what to do.

The Realization

It occurred to me that photography was more of a passion and not just a pastime. But how could I major in photography? There are many photographers out there, and I would just be one of them. I wanted to make sure I had more in my skill belt than just a camera. I researched options and thanks to my brother I found that Visual Communications was more my niche. I could do photography and learn more artistic skills in graphic design. This decision felt right, but I was nervous.

I felt that I would be so behind everyone. Others probably had “real” experience with photography and graphic design. When I got to my first class, I found that my fears were true. I didn’t let this stop me. I knew that I would just have to dive in and allow myself to learn. Everyone else was ahead, but I could catch up. And I did.


The Vision

I still have a lot to learn and a lot to improve, but my passion for photography and design has been discovered. I began with simple snap shots, but now I have pictures that I am proud of. The pictures demonstrated here show some of my work. My plan is to continue with photography and never let it die. Progress takes work, and I work hard. Talents may not come naturally, but they can be learned. I want to use my creative knowledge to document my life and inspire others. I plan to use my blog as a weekly journal of challenges. Not my personal challenges of the week, but more of an invitation for others to challenge themselves. I plan to make a goal each week and then document my success (or failure) for others to see. I plan to encourage others to follow my challenges and do them with me. This life is a journey to make ourselves better, and it’s going to be great.

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