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Sitting in my first photo class at a local high school, a weekly night course I took with my dad, I had no idea I’d one day be on my own in New York, working freelance in the photo industry. That wasn’t even part of my plan then. Photography seemed like a fun pastime. But by discovering new talents and being open to life’s turns, dreams evolve, and life can be more joyful than ever imagined.
From that beginning photography class and my first State Fair ribbon, I was hooked. I joined Yearbook, did photo projects for AP Art, and created images of my friends and pets. Especially when traveling with my family, I practiced my new hobby constantly and spent hours editing on the plane rides home.
At BYU, I enrolled in art classes, and applied to the photography major (you don’t want to see how awful my portfolio was back then!). My junior year, a trip to NYC inspired my dream; I’d never considered myself a city girl, and New York seemed loud and overwhelming, but to do the kind of specialized still life photography I loved, New York was the place.
Despite my apprehension, I was determined. I started assisting at a studio in Utah, found a summer internship in Paris, shadowed a New York photographer, and made plans to move after graduation. I started as a prop stylist intern, and kept going from there. Now I assist and have my own clients, in photography and styling. And I love New York City!
Photography as a hobby or profession can compliment lots of unrelated interests. Love meeting new people? Portrait photography will guarantee you a wide network of friends and clients. Are the outdoors more your thing? Why not pack a camera while on the trail. I love traveling, family history, shopping, art, and design, each of which I can connect to my photography. It is a great way to combine everyday joys. Photography has allowed me many opportunities for travel, connection, and faith.
If you are interested in photography, join us at the RubyGirl.org retreat (August 12th at the LDS Business college in Salt Lake). We’ll have classes from professionals, and courses featuring so many other fun topics! You may find a favorite new pastime or idea that inspires you. Hope to see you there!