My Secret Love Affair with Photography

19 Feb

It exists, seriously!

Looking back, I have always loved photography, from the time that I was a little girl. I can distinctly remember receiving my first disposable camera at age 5 or 6 and running around my house taking (what I considered to be) artistic photographs.  I then received my first film camera, it was a Nikon,  if I’m not mistaken. From there, my love for capturing images on film grew. It was 1996, when I bought a Polaroid camera for myself. It was actually the Spice Girls, Limited Edition, Polaroid, to be specific.

My weapon of choice.

Over the years, my passion and love for photography has grown. My family took at trip to Maui, Hawaii in 2006 and my dad decided to purchase a nice camera for the family. We owned our very own Nikon D80. This was truly an exciting moment for me. The purchase of this Nikon turned out to be what reignited my love for photography. From that point on, I took a keen interest in photography.

While I love to photograph and be behind a camera as a hobby, I have never received any formal training. What I do is self-taught. I photograph for the love of the craft and because I love to see things from a different perspective. I love photography because I like to capture a moment and portray something from an angle that other people might not have thought about. I’d like to think that I take a flattering portrait, capturing the beauty of each individual. I think that taking someone’s photo can be a very personal experience and the last thing I want is for the individual to feel self-conscious.

I was proposed to on Christmas Day (2011), and the most important thing that I will invest my time and money into is the photographer that I choose. I think that having a photographer that I am comfortable with, and who has an artistic vision that I respect and admire, are the most important criteria for me. I have attended several wedding shows in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area and have met and spoken with about a dozen photographers. I respect each individual photographer and can appreciate the amount of work and dedication that is required to pursue photography as a career and to have that passion be evident in his/her work.

Why do I mention this, you ask? For my fiance and I, the photographs are one of the only tangible things that we will be able to have from the wedding, after the fact, and because I have such a passion for photography, this is one area that I do not want to rush my decision on. I will keep you posted on my hunt for the perfect photographer. If you have any tips or suggestions, please leave a comment for me!

Cheers,

Merzybean.

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One Response to “My Secret Love Affair with Photography”

  1. Bianca Lee Mondino March 4, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

    Love this post! I totally feel ya on having a secret love affair with photography. Good luck with the photographer hunt!!! I’m sure you will find the PERFECT person to capture your special day. XO

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