A year ago I was hard at work preparing my portfolio for graduate school. I knew it was going to be tough…they were only accepting 3 students into the photography program. The months leading up to my submission, my mind was a flurry of ideas. I pursued a few of the projects, which were extremely time consuming. The program was fine arts focused. Instead of using my paintbrushes, or pencils to make my vision come to fruition, I was to use my camera.
One of the projects was called “Helping Hands.” I put about 80 hours of street photography into it. I would stop strangers on the street, and explain that I was working on a conceptual photography piece about the power of people when they came together…and then asked them if I could photograph their hand. I gave them little direction, as I wanted each hand to be expressive of that person. After all, none of us are alike. The project represented how small one person can be, but put together, we become a stronger force. Once the project was assembled, I pushed it aside, literally. It weights a ton. Using my foyer as a assembly station, once it was done, it couldn’t be moved…so I slid it about 8 feet to the left. I have passed it everyday since, but have taken no notice of it….until a few days ago. I remembered the passion that went into it, and the drive to see it through. At the time, it was an intense project, but looking back, it was a lot of fun. It was revitalizing to take pictures for myself again. I’m really proud of it…a year later.
I was broken the day I got the letter saying I hadn’t been accepted into graduate school. I shed a few tears…but am a very strong believer that everything….every single thing…happens for a reason. That week I booked 4 weddings for the fall. I had a feeling my course had been plotted a bit differently.
A year later, I have been interviewed to appear in an article for Photoshop User. The article focuses on how I use Photoshop CS6 as a wedding photographer. My mission statement for Blackbird Photography also appears in the article…and why I think Blackbird Photography is so special.
Who knew that the 7 year-old blonde headed girl that got a camera from her daddy for Christmas would become a wedding photographer. I always told my dad that my canvases would hang in people’s homes when I was grown up. It makes me smile to know that they do. My course is set…I’m moving forward. 2013 is going to be a spectacular year.