I’m a relatively self taught photographer. I have loved the art form since I was a young child but many of my early photography attempts were thwarted. I had an old camera sometime in my late youth but then it disappeared. Later, I tried to take a photography class during college and was informed that due to the fact that I was not a Communications Major (Comm not Art?!?), they wouldn’t let me in. Both of the old Canon AE1s I was gifted with eventually stopped working despite the efforts of more than one camera technician and in fact on of them stopped working the morning that I was supposed to photograph the wedding of my In-Laws.
I took one basic black and white photography class at a local Community College and practically remember one thing about it – the instructor only liked my photographs of people. I was meant to be a portrait photographer, she wrote on her final assessment at the end of class – people relax around me.
This is a bit odd to me now because I almost never photograph people. And maybe it’s cheating when I am photographing my husband who clearly IS (or at least hopefully is) comfortable around me, but here it is. Chris at his 35th birthday party. Drinking a Manhattan (his current favorite drink) and almost being classy. If not for that sparkle in his eye anyways.