Everyone has an origin story; neither you nor I were born a photographer. I want to know what your photography is about and what your story is so far.
Somewhere along the line, whether at an early age or later in life, you ended up doing this photography thing. Maybe it was a hobby passed down from a parent or relative, maybe it was art class in school, or maybe it was just something to do for a little while. Maybe you've been at it for decades, having seen the decline of film and the rise of digital, or maybe you're still fresh to the scene and a mirrorless camera is all you've ever known. Here's my origin story. In the comments below, share your story with the Fstoppers community too.
As far back as I can remember, I've always been interested and drawn to the creative arts; painting, drawing, and ceramics were always my favorites growing up. In school, I took all the art classes that I could (though interestingly enough, none of them were photography). I was an overweight kid and I got bullied a lot, so I pretty much stuck to the art department, drawing Dragon Ball Z characters to pass the time.
Fast-forward to mid-2015 and I've found myself with a basic crop sensor Nikon and kit lens. Truth be told, I had no idea what I was doing and was pretty much just goofing around with it. I saw an ad on Tumblr of all places for a photography workshop not too far away and figured I would take a chance and see how it went. It was genuinely one of the best nights I've ever had, and from then on, I was pretty well determined to make a go of this photography thing.
I cut my teeth shooting glamour and boudoir photography. I was trying to learn as much as I could as fast as I could about lighting (studio lighting at the time), editing, and all things camera related. Long story short, I reached a point where I felt like the glamour and boudoir scene wasn't really the area that I was best suited for, so I started experimenting with location portraiture, colorful scenery, and moving more towards a fantasy-styled image.
Fast-forward again to today and I've recently moved across the country and am still always trying to learn new things I can apply to my work. I feel like (generally speaking) I have a grasp on what I'm trying to create and I've found a genuine love for the gloomy and moody fantasy-styled imagery. I shoot with the Nikon D750 and am always using either my 85mm or 50mm prime. Photoshop has absolutely become a form of expression and editing images is something that I've come to love (most of the time haha).
So, that's me in a small-to-medium-sized nutshell. What about you, though? I want to know your story and your history when it comes to photography. Are you a portrait or landscape type? Share a little bit about yourself with the community. What's your origin story?