When most folks see me with a camera, the most common comment is, "Oh, you're a photographer!"
I don't think of myself as one... not yet anyway so I usually respond with, "I'm just a dad with a camera." Which is true. I've always enjoyed taking pictures. Ever since my daughter Kylee was born, I knew life would speed up. Her first steps, a toddler that would hold my finger when we walked around the mall, and now a 10 year old playing the violin at the park... time is speeding away and the camera was my desperate tool to try to capture time and slow it down.
So while I always took a little point and click camera, it wasn't until recently that a cousin in law (Hi Jack!) visited in the summer of 2013 and showed me 'how to drive stick'. Or rather,how take control of my Canon XS by using the "M" mode (full manual). It was like driving stick for the first time; having complete control over a machine was exhilarating (except for those many first shots where everything was blown out or too dark). My wife (Thank you Tym, I love you!) saw my interests and joy I got from the hobby and got me a Canon 60D for Christmas 2013. I've been on youtube and googling articles, lens reviews and pestering anyone I knew who knew about photography with questions. Next I was selling other hobbies and saving lunch money to fund lenses (to all those who purchased many of my other hobbies or sold me those excellent 2nd hand lenses - Thank you!)
I'm still learning. Mom, thanks for always being supportive and encouraging! Thanks to my daughter (Hi Kylee!) and friends who let me take pictures of them (Loredos - because we live in proximity and we love poker night at your house - thanks for not shying away when I raise my camera to you!), I always have a steady stream of models. To all those youtube and flickr groups - thanks for the lessons!
So right now, I'm just a husband/father/son/friend with a camera. My day job is in IT/Technology (so it's appropriate to call this first blog post "hello world"). But maybe, just maybe, I'll be a photographer too.