Today marks 3 years since I became a professional photographer, and today is also my birthday! I can’t believe it’s been 3 years! I have always loved photography, and for my 22nd birthday, I asked my Dad for a DSLR camera, and I was SO ecstatic when I opened my present and there it was! I already knew I wanted to photograph portraits, so I immediately started looking for clients. Luckily, I was still at Texas A&M, so many of my first “clients” were friends and family.
Today, I wanted to share a few of my first photographs with you.
My very first “client” ever was my sister! I wanted to test out my camera, and she volunteered (or I begged her, one of the two).
But the day I got my camera (on my birthday), I went to the Dallas Arboretum to try it out (the perfect place to try out a new camera). It was Fall at the Arboretum (SO MANY PUMPKINS!). The Chihuly Glass exhibits were also there that day, and I shot lots of great photos.
I met some of my first clients off of Craigslist, and they were so sweet! This family session taken in downtown Bryan is still one of my favorites. My business name started out as MNM Photography.
It’s hard to believe that all of my first photos were edited without Photoshop!
The first wedding I photographed was my cousin Courtney’s. It was so special for me to not only capture my cousin’s wedding, but to also be surrounded by family. I remember preparing my butt off for this wedding so that I wouldn’t screw up any photo opportunities!
I want to thank each and every client, family member, and friend who has supported me and helped make my dream come true. My Dad was my inspiration for becoming a photographer, as he was ALWAYS taking pictures of my sister and I growing up. Even though at the time I didn’t like being in front of the camera, today I appreciate all the memories he captured through his lens.
Now I have the opportunity to capture memories for others, and I love every second of it.