Dad thank you for buying an SLR even though you had no idea what you were buying or how to use it. If it weren't for you buying that SLR I would not be able to do anything that I am doing right now with photography. I really this all to you and that day. I can't express how much I am thankful for what you've given me.
Next my mom.
Mom you have been both a great fan and critic. You'd be the first to tell me if you liked a photo or how much you didn't like a picture. Even through the times I'd get annoyed by you I can't thank you enough for making me strive harder and harder to get better at what I do.
Next is a friend I haven't seen in a while: Danielle.
I'm not sure if I can tell you how much you've made a difference in my photography career. Let me say one thing if it wasn't for you and your gentle spirit I'd have stayed so incredibly prideful about what I could do even though I really couldn't do much at that point. Thank you for showing me what humility looks like as a photographer.
Nancy Gall, my very first photography teacher
There is something she said to me in the first photography class I took that I will always hold on to. You can learn something in photography from every person no matter how much experience they have in the field. it could be their first day using a camera or their 50th year being professional you can learn from them. Oh my goodness how that really took me back and made me really focus on being open to learning from all people not just those I thought were better than me.
Last person I really want to thank is a friend of mine, Larissa.
Let me be completely honest, I really wouldn't even be a photographer if it wasn't for the role you have played in my life. I am incredibly thankful for the patience you showed me in that first year of shooting as I did not want to take any of your advice. This business I have is really due to you. Some people do you favors that you can repay in life. This is one of those occasions where I will never be able to repay what she has done in my life. from the bottom of my heart I am truly thankful for you getting me into this.
These are just a few that have really helped me out along the journey of photography.
Going on a little more the very first portrait shoot I ever did was with this couple I am about to show you. Jessica and Charles. I remember about 2 days before I had just bought my 50mm f/1.8 lens for 100 bucks and it was the only lens I used on this shoot. I'll admit I thought I was pro.. (i sucked) but I really thought I was good! I did the shoot and edited the photos that night with Larissa and they were off. Then They had contacted Larissa again for another shoot and can I say the images are night and day difference between now and then. Thank you again Larissa for letting me second shoot with this couple. It's been quite a journey with photography and this really made me think of how I got into photography.
Lastly I think Jessica is the dream client. Let me tell you how awesome it was shooting yesterday! She has so much energy when it comes to her photos it makes shooting more than just fun. I had such a blast seeing her energy when it came to this shoot. Oh how I enjoyed seeing her enthusiasm through out the shoot and her energy as she say each of the photos. Definitely a dream client. Thank you Jessica for being soooo....well... awesome!!