I often get asked "How did you become a photographer?" and when I answer that question, so many thoughts come into my mind. I remember holding a DSLR for the first time in high school and thinking "WOW, this is so cool!" I would have never in a million years thought that I would actually become a full time photographer.
I always knew that I was an artist. Even if I wasn't the best, I knew it was my passion. At a very young age, art meant drawing. When I was 7, I would draw Mario from the "Nintendo" magazines (now I'm wondering where those drawings are haha). When I turned 17 and it was time to go to college. The very obvious choice for me was to be an Art Major. I never really thought about how I would survive after college, I just knew that art was my passion. But I didn't know that I wanted to be a photographer, yet.
In college, I started saving up for a DSLR from my work-study job. When I finally got one, it was one of the happiest days of my life!! The first shoot that I did was for my friend Diana. I convinced her to be my model and let me do her hair and makeup. To this day, I still love those photos! (on the right)
From that point on, I started photographing the rest of my friends and family, and suddenly strangers were saying that they wanted to pay me to do their photos.
Suddenly I became one of the go-to photographers for graduation and dancers at FSU. It was unreal, and I am so grateful for my journey.
It has now been about a year and half since I graduated from FSU as a Photography Major. The last two years of college I really focused in learning all I could about photography, and it was the best decision I ever took. I recently did an interview with the FSU Art deparment, here's a link if you want to read it http://art.fsu.edu/melissa-artieda/
After college I took the leap to create my own business. It was definitely a big decision, and it's not easy, but I would not give up my passion for anything else!
So I just told you how I became a photographer, but my why is a little different. The reason I love taking photos so much is because I get to hold on to moments and save them forever. People are my favorite subject to photograph because everyone has a story to tell.
Everyone is unique, and that's why photography is never boring for me.
I have captured many different types of moments, but my favorite thing to photograph is love. Intimate moments are so precious.
So there you have it. Now you know the reasoning behind my love for photography. I hope I was able to inspire you to keep doing what you truly enjoy. What's your story?