I'm lucky to be at a University that gets guest speakers pretty frequently. The most recent one was Birney Imes, a very well known photographer from Mississippi. Read it to see what I took away from the talk.
This is Raeley speaking. I suppose I should tell you a few things about myself so that we can get aquatinted.
I found my passion for photography when I picked up my dad's point and shoot at 13 and took pictures of weeds in the back yard, They turned out surprisingly well, even my dad was impressed. Right then and there a lightbulb went off and said "Raeley, you can do this! You can be a photographer." I went on to play with the camera more and more, experimenting with aperture, ISO, lighting, and shutter speeds but there is only so much you can do with a point and shoot.
On my 16th birthday my parents bought me a "real camera," my baby, a Panasonic Lumix G2 (which I am still paying off, they didn't just give it to me). I was mostly into nature and event photography at that time... until one day I met Stephanie Rhea of Stephanie Rhea Photography. She is an amazing portrait/wedding photographer who became friends with my mom and took her maternity photos. A few weeks later, she hired me. I found out that while portrait photography is a great job, I have my own artistic ideas that I want to follow. I also found out that with weddings, you have to be paid a lot to make up for all of the stress involved.
At 17, spring of 2013 I graduated high school. All that I knew was that I'm neither a portrait or wedding photographer, so I was thinking maybe photojournalist. After attending the MSU art camp called In-Vision where I got to experience what it was like to be an art student, I applied for the art school at MSU. Might I brag, that we are the best art school in MS. Our graphic design program is well known across the country and we win more awards than any of the other schools in MS (such as Ole Miss). Anyways, when I joined college a whole new world was opened up to me. No, not the world of drinking and partying. I fell in love with drawing, design, concepts, and became to appreciate ALL types of art, even the seemingly shallow modern art. So now I have no idea who I am as an artist. Woo Hoo! It's like having a palate of paint with a mixed set of colors and brushes, a huge canvas, and no idea what it is going to end up looking like.
Don't you just love cliff-hanger endings? Stay tuned for more about me and my search to find Raeley the artist....