For the love of photography

Have you ever wanted to relive your childhood, when you played in the snow all day and retreated to the warmth for a glass of hot chocolate? My brother and sister relived my childhood for me.

We’re from Ohio, so excuse my brother’s Ohio State hat, and over winter break we received about a foot of snow, which was optimal for winter fun.

The kids made snow angels, went sledding, built a snow fort and tried to build a snowman. They also tried to start a snowball fight with me while I was capturing their good times. So the next time you want to play in the snow, just act like a kid and have fun.

Now, on to the subject of photography. Have you ever had a hobby that you wanted to make a career? I sure did, and it was photography.

Back in high school, I said I wanted to be a photographer because I took good photos with my point and shoot camera. So I saved up money to buy what is now my equipment, my Nikon D80. I know what you’re thinking: She can’t be a photographer, she just had a point and shoot; that’s not the case.

All throughout high school I took photography courses, both film & digital, and let me tell you, I sucked at the beginning. You only learn from practice, and once I bought the D80, I learned all the manual settings, photography lingo and everything you needed to know to capture the perfect image.

Then senior year of high school I took AP photography and got college credit. Carrying into college, I still took lots of photos, but focused more on concerts (“shows” as I like to call them), which incorporates my two passions: photography and music. I now focus on show photography along with portraits. My love for photography helped me get my job at The Torch and other paid photo shoots with artists. I couldn’t imagine my life without photography.


Photography is an amazing hobby. It’s so excited getting new lenses and just playing around. Your photos are framed perfectly, but if I might offer some humble advice. The hardest thing about shooting in winter is getting the right exposure. You either have photos that turn out too dark from overcast skies, or photos that are washed out from too much sun reflecting off the snow. A couple of your photos have nice defined lighting, but most of them lack contrast. Digital editing (photoshop or lightroom) has amazing camera raw tools for adjusting contrast to make up for poor lighting in the field. You should play around in the office whenever you get a chance.

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