After ten years of professional photography, I decided it was time for a change. I loved taking pictures, and I loved giving people the gift of memories they could hang on their wall. What I did not love was hour after hour of sitting in front of a computer photoshopping people into their ideal version of themselves. People weren’t happy unless every flaw was removed, and inches were taken away. I hated that! I could see the beauty in every laugh line, in every curve, in every “flaw.” It became very frustrating for me because it goes against my own personal standards of beauty. I felt like a hypocrite. To me, what makes a person beautiful is their spirit. Are they kind, compassionate, considerate human beings? That’s what matters. Wrinkles, gray hair and a few extra pounds are irrelevant! So rather than fight the standard of photoshopping flaws away, I left the business. There were more reasons than just that, but that was a big one! I know there are other plans in store for me. I want to help people. I want to make a difference in the world, even if it’s just one single person I help. I’m going to school full-time for some kind of psychology. I haven’t quite decided what, exactly, I want to do. But I know that it will involve helping remove the stigma of mental illness, and helping people learn to love themselves.
So why this webpage?? Because I still absolutely love photography! That never went away. I became a bit jaded by the business of photography, but I’ve never stopped loving the art of it! So, I hooked up with a few great friends and put some life back into a photo club we started a couple of years ago, http://opticaldillusions.net. I rekindled my love of photography as we’ve created and participated in fun weekly photo challenges and monthly topics to help us and anybody else who joins to improve our photography. We’ll also be entering some contests, which is always a great motivator!
One of the first challenges we did was symmetry. It was a lot of fun finding things in nature that were symmetrical. It was also very cool to create my own symmetry from things around the house, like this book of Shakespeare on a mirror.
Our photo club can be found on Instagram and on Facebook. We’re hoping to grow and find more members to come shoot with us and participate in the challenges. These things are always more fun with friends!
If you’ve made it through my long, rambling post, I hope you’ll enjoy following my photo adventures here, and on Facebook and Instagram! Surely the rest of my posts won’t be so long-winded and will mostly consist of photos. 🙂