I remember the first time I had a camera in my hands. I was on a trip with my parents, and they wanted me to take a picture of them, and I was more than happy to oblige. Before, that moment, they had forbidden me from using it, arguing that I was too young and I could damage it. Luckily, I did not, and the camera remained undamaged during the shoots. After each click, I realized something had born inside of me. However, I forgot photography and focused on other things until one day, when I was twelve, my father bought me a compact camera I used to photograph each moment I could. I took a vow to collect all the moments I could, and I have not forgotten it since. Nevertheless, as soon as I grew up, my life took many turns, and I ended up studying business administration. I will not speak much about my career in business administration, but it gave me a solid formation and a mindset I aim to use in my new photography career.
What I am trying to say is that photography is not a temporal hobby, but something I would like to do for the rest of my life. Consequently, I always felt like a fish out of the water during my career, but it served me to earn enough money to buy my first real camera, a Samsung NX300. I know it is not a DSLR, but I felt enticed by its affordability and it served me to take my first real steps into the visual world. I must say that my first portraits and landscapes were not the best, but I never cease to consider myself a student, as there is much to learn in the photographic arts.
On the other hand, I had to keep my day job while I kept learning because I had not gained enough skills to start my own business or finding freelancing gigs. However, it took time and many help from my friends and family in convincing myself I was good enough to start my own business and as soon as I did my life changed. Before, I did not enjoy working. Now, I wake up every day with a smile on my face thinking I am doing what I love and not only that but that I am receiving a compensation for enjoying myself and having a great time. What I am trying to say is that I am not a master, but I am willing to keep on learning and improving to provide my clients the best of my skills, always serving them with creativity and a big smile.
Also, my expertise is not only related to cameras and its usage, but I am also adept in using editing software such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom to edit and tweak my photographs to extract the best of them as I believe that taking great photos is not enough, since a good modern photographer should be able to create masterpieces using all the elements available. As the famous photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson says, “In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.” Hence, I do not scorn technology as I regard it is the best way to extract the most of my camera and my subjects. Therefore, my approach, although highly intuitive given my lack of academic formation is compensated by my technical skills and my motivation.
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