Earlier this evening, I was perusing the vastness of Open Source Photo. Holy moly, did I learn a lot in that short amount of time. One of the biggest pieces of advice for photographers starting out was to BE YOURSELF.
I know what makes me me, but how do I convey that to others? And not just to potential clients, but to anyone who happens to stumble upon my blog?
One of the questions I get asked pretty often is “How did you get into photography?” The answer is…I didn’t really mean to. Back in the day, I used to take a ton of photos. Disposable cameras, film cameras, cheap point & shoot cameras, you name it. A good friend of mine said one day, “Dude! You should really get a DSLR. I think you’d love photography.”
My answer wasn’t the most graceful answer in the world: “DUDE, wtf?! I don’t wanna lug that heavy thing around in my purse!”
(And yes, I’m aware that I say dude right before I say something moderately important.)
That ended quickly. He mentioned it one other time, I had the same response, and he left it at that.
Fast forward a couple of years. Chris and I were vacationing in Japan (my parents live there), and we were at the Mecca of photo stores in Yokohama: Yodobashi Camera. If you think B&H is huge, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
Chris picked up the Nikon D80 on display. “Hey,” he said, “check this out!”
I was uninterested and started walking away…and then I heard it.
The click of the shutter.
I whirled around, eyes wide open. “What was that?”
Chris was confused. “Huh? Oh, you mean the shutter?” Then he lifted the camera to his face and made the camera make that glorious sound again. And again.
I nearly pounced on the camera. “I WANT! I like the sound!”
My husband (boyfriend at the time) nearly doubled over laughing. “Are you serious?! You want to buy this because of the sound the shutter makes?!”
Well, yeah. :P
As ironic as it was that it was the Nikon shutter that lured me in, a few days later, we were each armed with a Canon Rebel XTi.
And the rest is history…and I do lug “that heavy thing” in my purse.
Because a post is somewhat ho-hum without a photo, here’s one of foie gras at our favorite tapas place in Philly (Amada)! In a little over a month, we’ll be eating the real thing in Paris. I can’t wait!