Do you ever have one of those moments where you realized the FIRST time you did something significant? For example - I was old enough to remember the first time I sat behind a drum set. I WAS HOOKED. I was so intrigued by all of the components and I just wanted to explore, to learn. I had somewhat of an "aha!" moment last night, so I thought it would be fun to share it today!
We had a bunch of friends over for the Giants v. Cowboys game last night (let's not talk about it... sore subject) and us girls got a little distracted and headed into my office to watch an old video from college. One thing led to the next and we were in the depths of facebook exploring old pictures and reminiscing about all of our favorite moments. Hannah and Teresa (picutured in yellow and purple above) were both with me and we came across their house photoshoot I had shot for them the end of our senior year of college. Weeks prior, Hannah had shot our house pictures, all nine of us girls, and did a fabulous job. I wanted to return the favor, but at the time all I had was a film SLR and a really crappy panasonic digital camera - it was an SLR wanna-be. Seriously. Super lame. Hannah owned a Nikon D40 and let me borrow it for the shoot.
The reason I love looking back on these images is because this was the first time I had ever picked up a DSLR.
At the time, I wasn't even interested in photography, other than for fun. I didn't even know that the camera I had wasn't like other DSLRs (no removal lenses - what?!) and my sole interest was the wonderful world of videography. But I will never forget that night after the shoot, Hannah came over to my house to look at the pictures and we talked about her camera. "Something is just... DIFFERENT about it!" Hannah was considering purchasing a D90 after graduation and offered to sell me her D40. I called my parents to talk about it. A week later, I graduated and received my own brand new D90. That was the beginning of my journey into digital photography. It's amazing how something so small like taking pictures of a few of your friends with a "nicer" camera can be the beginning of your career. It makes me chuckle, looking back, because none of us had ANY idea that I would eventually become a full-time photographer as my career. All I can say is that I am thankful because God clearly guided my steps. I had NO idea what I wanted and not a clue in the world as to what the plans would be for my life. But He knew... and Praise the Lord (literally) that He was in control.
So please, take a trip down memory lane and laugh with me as we look at my first time ever using a DSLR!
The Last Resort was the name of Hannah, Emily, and Teresa's house in college!
Gotta have the band photo.
HAHAHA we all laugh at this photo now because we joke that Emily looks like she is in a real estate ad! Clearly I'm just exploring the wonderful world of shallow DOF but this picture still makes me laugh.
These three girls were not only some of my closest in college, but since college, all of us live in Northern VA and go to church together, and they are the three I spend the most time with. They have become three of my best friends and it is amazing to see how our friendship has grown so much since college, especially since most other friendships die off pretty quickly after graduation. I am so thankful for these three girls in my life, and it was really fun to pay tribute to them today on my blog!
Of course, a shot from my wedding - Hannah, Teresa, and Emily played such a SIGNIFICANT role in my day. Hannah did my hair, Teresa did my makeup, and all three of them set up the ENTIRE reception site AND were responsible for turning over the room from ceremony to reception in an hour. I have the BEST friends! I love you girls!!