Today I decided not to write a post relating to business resources (I’ll save the extreme excitement for next week). This week I want to share with my readers how I came to call myself a photographer.
When I was young, I took an intro photography class at a local summer camp. After the short class, I wanted to learn more. Luckily for me, my dad taught me the basic fundamentals with an old manual Olympus SLR. I was hooked and was soon looking for more resources. All through high school, I was heavily involved with the yearbook staff. At the time, digital was very expense and still a new technology. At school, all we had was film and a darkroom. As much as I loved developing my own film and printing the pictures, I’m very, very thankful that for digital technology. After high school, I moved away from photography to concentrate fully on my academic career. I attended Juniata College and earned a B.S. degree in Biology.
After college, I worked for 3 1/2 years as a Manufacturing Engineer. Yes, I know that has nothing to do with Biology, but it was one of those unexpected life events that takes you totally in an opposite direction. It was during that time when a friend and shooting partner, Michelle Peters, introduced me to a local photojournalist, Mary Steinbacher. Mary became a wonderful friend and my photography mentor. She taught me everything I know about wedding photojournalism and a lot about life in general. When her business took away from Pennsylvania, she encouraged me to start my own business. I was ready for a new adventure and starting a business seemed like it fit the bill.
Somewhere along the line, I decided to venture back to by original college degree. I am a full time graduate student at West Chester University. I am pursuing a Master’s in Public Health. During the day, I work at the university campus as the Fitness Center Manager. My second semester of graduate school will begins on Tuesday. Wish me luck!.