I’ve been sick with a chronic illness for 10 years which is really what lead me to explore photography. When I was around 16 I was mostly bed-bound and doing my schooling via distance education, and I really needed something else to occupy my time with – I needed a hobby that wasn’t overly strenuous, and something that would give me a renewed sense of purpose. I started out shooting with a little Canon Powershot and was then given a Canon 1000D by my father and have been in love with photography ever since! I’ve since gone through my fair share of cameras and have improved my photographic skill along the way, but I think my style of photography has never really changed.
The world of macro is what drew me into photography – the spots on a ladybug, a dog’s eye, the curve of a petal, the veins on a leaf. When I’m in a gorgeous, abundant garden with my camera and f/2.8 100mm lens I feel completely relaxed and I love taking the time to explore and document every little detail I find. It’s corny, but it’s the beauty of nature that encourages me to take photos, and when I’m looking through the viewfinder of my camera I feel content and happy.
My three dogs, Chelsea, Jack and Lily, are also a huge inspiration to me. I love animals and have been around dogs since the age of 2. I can’t imagine not having them in my life and I get a great amount of joy out of photographing my own dogs, other people’s pets, the local fauna, and the wild animals at the zoo.
Photography is a wonderful outlet because it allows me to capture moments that might have otherwise gone unnoticed and show people a small glimpse of my perspective of the world. It allows me to interpret my surroundings creatively and present them in a unique way, which is why I love it so much.
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