This is a continuation of my two prior posts My Journey as a Photographer (part 1) and (part 2). The two prior blog posts describe how I got into photography and the time before my formal photography training at the Hallmark Institute of Photography.
After graduating high school I moved to Greenfield, Massachusetts to study at the Hallmark Institute of Photography. This is one of the best choices of my life. Hallmark’s intense ten-month program gave me the knowledge needed to become successful in this industry. I came into Hallmark with an open mind and left being changed forever.
We studied a variety of different styles of photography at Hallmark including commercial, editorial, and fashion; but it was portraiture that stuck. It was also here that I decided to pursue portrait photography. I loved meeting the fellow Hallmark students who came from all different parts of the country and even different parts of the world. I also enjoyed meeting the models, artisans, church members, musicians, professionals, and distant relatives I got to meet while in New England.
I became a portrait photographer because I love creating images for people that they will cherish for years.
There are other subjects besides portraits I enjoy shooting like nature, architecture, and pretty much anything is a potential subject in my current personal series #iPhoneography, but none of these are as fulfilling as creating images of people and their loved ones which will retain sentimental value for years to come.
I graduated from the Hallmark Institute of Photography in June 2013 with the Highest Academic Honor and am now living in Clare, Michigan where I run my own portrait photography business and do freelance retouching.