Personally, and I’m sure there are a few other introverts around who feel similarly, if I love something or am very passionate about something I tend to keep it to myself. Being passionate about something can be terrifying. “What if someone says I’m not good at this? What if they secretly hate me/it? What if they think I’m some impostor who doesn’t really love this and I’m just playing with it?” I’m plagued with these thoughts pretty often when I think about one of my biggest and most lasting passions – photography.
I received my first camera that wasn’t disposable, a tiny film minolta, back when I was 10 years old for my birthday after begging for years to get one of my very own. I have constantly tried upgrading my cameras to get to that oh-so-coveted level of the SLR (or DSLR) since I knew what they were. Andrew has known this about me since shortly after we met. Anytime we went somewhere he’d constantly have to check behind him since I’d be about 15 steps back still trying to find the right angle for a shot. Well, a few days ago Andrew became, once again, my favorite person ever.
I woke up to this amazing surprise. It’s a verrrry early birthday present (May 8th!) and probably the best present I’ve ever gotten. I quite literally sat there trying not to cry I was SO happy! (I then proceeded to rock the bag and camera back and forth for about 5 minutes like a crazy person) He got me:
- Kelly Moore Songbird camera bag
- Nikon d5200 with 18-55mm kit lens
- Nikkor 18-105mm lens
- And an adorable smaller Oliday camera bag (sadly not pictured)
Of course, for those of you that may have played Bioshock Infinite know of the character Songbird, so with a protecting bag like that I had to name my camera Elizabeth (one of the BEST video game characters ever). For those of you who may not have played Bioshock and would like a little more explanation you can totally visit here for Songbird and here for Elizabeth. This is also one of the first video games Andrew and I really played together so it has double the meaning!
Photography has always been one of my greatest passions. I could talk about it for hours but as I mentioned earlier, I’ve always been so scared to! I’ve called myself a mini-photographer for years and honestly, I would absolutely love to do it professionally. We’ll see what the future brings but I’m so excited to get started on my journey of learning even more about it (because really, I have so much to learn!). I’ve always aligned myself with the thought from Brothers Bloom, “A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells, the less you know.” Photographs are beautiful pieces of moments that will never happen again. They’re adventures that are experienced so individually that even if I try to explain exactly what this shot is, you’ll never feel the same about it since everyone interprets things differently. I’ve always wanted to inspire people and make others happy and with photography it is the easiest way to show where I’ve been, where I want to go, and inspire others to do the same thing but 15 times better.