photography i. // an introduction

Growing up the daughter of a portrait photographer and the granddaughter of a TV cameraman, I never wanted anything to do with the "family business." I was not going to be a photographer--I was going to be a painter, and live in a crappy attic apartment in Paris, and wait tables to get by.

But regardless, from a young age, I've always loved images--poring over magazines, catalogs, picture books. We had an Annie Leibovitz coffee table book, which I obsessed over; when I was 14, I found my grandfather's stash of NPPA photojournalism anthologies, and I spent hours carefully examining each one. I loved images, and I wanted to make them, I just didn't want to be a photographer. 

When I was 16, going on 17, my family took a trip to Italy, and my mother handed me her dinosaur of a DLSR. "I know you don't like photography," she said, a smile tugging at her lips, "but I think you'll want to remember this trip." I rolled my eyes, and tucked the camera away.

The first moment that I lifted the viewfinder up to my eye--this is cheesy, I know, and I'm sorry--everything clicked into place. Here was a way to say all of the things that I couldn't with drawings, or paintings--here it was, sitting neatly in front of me. And not only that, but I was good! My pictures weren't half bad for a first attempt.

As the years went on, I started taking more and more photos. My freshman year of art school saw me in the darkroom, where I really learned the ins and outs of shooting manually; I started a 365 project and rarely left my dorm room without my camera. It became a part of me. When I transferred schools, I found the newspaper, and then photojournalism, and now I'm working in the field. I'm a newspaper photographer, which means every day I'm shooting portraits, sports, and news photos, usually on the fly.

I'll be honest--I've got a lot to learn, still, but I've also learned a lot of things, be it portrait or travel work, or composition. And I might not be the most qualified person to give advice, but hey! why the heck not. This is the internet, after all.

So, over the next few months, I have a dozen odd posts breaking down the ~art of photography~. From finding inspiration to playing with light to documenting your own life, we're going to talk about lots of things, that can be applied to any level of photography, from fancy DLSR's to cameraphone shots.

This isn't about starting a business, or how to find success in the photography world--rather, it's just kind of a really long love letter to different aspects of photography and how to see things around you in a new light.

Excited? I am!

PS: have photo questions? leave 'em in the comments! I'll be collecting questions during the series for the last post.

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