I have been a hobbyist photographer for many years. It all started with my first 35mm film camera when I was in the 3rd grade. I loved taking photos at school, behind the scenes at basketball and softball practice, road trips with my family, etc.
When I turned 27 years old, I decided to buy my first DSLR camera. I bought the Canon Rebel T2i starter kit with two lenses and the ugliest camera bag I have ever seen, so that I could take “good photos” of my son….especially when he was playing sports. I never would have dreamed that my love for photography would grow even more than what it already was at the time, but it most certainly has.
For about the first 4 years of owning my camera, it stayed on “Auto” mode. I had no clue what all of the other buttons were for, nor did I care. Yes, the camera came with a great User’s Manual, but I am a bit of a stubborn person who does not like to read a user’s manual for anything until it breaks down. Plus, auto mode was working quite well for me. Sometimes I got the shot that I wanted, and sometimes I didn’t. That’s just how photography works, right?!?
Then I read an article on Facebook about shooting in manual mode, and why it is a must to learn. I was skeptical at first. I thought that either A.) This person was just trying to sell something that my single mom self wouldn’t be able to afford anyways or B.) This person was just trying to show the world wide web just how well educated they were in the world of photography. But I went ahead and read the article, anyways. At the end of the article was a link for “free” photography lessons. Again, being the skeptical woman that I am, I thought to myself “Ok….what’s the scam? Where is the fine print that says the lessons are free, but you have to purchase their software in order to view the lessons….or something along those lines?” However, it ended up not being a scam. It ended up being one of the greatest things to actually happen to me as far as my journey in photography. I signed up for the class, completed the class, didn’t pay a dime to anybody and gained a huge amount of knowledge about my camera.
And my photography hasn’t been the same, since.
Which leads me to today. I just received my business cards in the mail, submitted a DBA application and am about to work on setting my blog up to support my new business….
Laura Jean Photography.
I am excited and nervous, all at the same time. On one hand, I am looking forward to working with different families in my community, meeting new people and growing my passion for photography. On the other hand, I am scared to turn a hobby that I love so much, into a business. I have heard countless stories of people who ended up despising their hobby after turning it into a business. But I honestly don’t see that happening here. I just want to help others outside of my family & friends, capture their special memories.
I have no clue what God has in store for this journey, but I am grateful to be able to experience it.