I photograph as a hobby, because I truly love it. I originally started taking photos because a former boyfriend who owned a limo business had wanted pictures for his new website. All the stock photos for purchase were extremely cheesy, so I offered to help give the site a more personal touch.
I bought a beginner camera, the Canon Rebel T3i DSLR at Best Buy, which seemed easy enough to operate. I didn’t know a lot about cameras back then and didn’t want to spend a fortune, so it was a pretty quick decision.
With my new DSLR in hand, I organized the shoot. I set a date, enlisted a friend to be a model, and went at it. After, I was completely hooked. Ever since, I have photographed as a hobby, for friends and acquaintances free of charge. I did this to hone my skills, it also relieved the pressure of it being a business. It was more about creating something beautiful and memorable, than getting paid.
Once I realized I loved taking pictures, I decided to expand my gear. For birthdays and holidays camera accessories and lenses were the perfect gift! The stock lens collected dust, I practiced with a tripod, specialty lenses, shutter release, UV filters, etc. I took a photography class with my favorite Maine photographer and learned the ins and outs of my Rebel.
Just recently I have yearned to explore more. I can clearly see a difference in full-frame cameras and cropped sensors, there is a noticeable lack of fine detail in the photographs. Yes, I can still make beautiful pictures, but I want to run with the big boys (and girls). But am I willing to throw down $1,500-$3,500 on a new Canon? Oy!
Mastering my little T3i took some time, I have been shooting with it for about four years and now finally feel it is time to let the old girl go. I hope my sweet camera brings joy and happiness to another looking to start out.
A good friend reminded me, if you love what you do, nothing else matters. I honestly don’t mind if I get one red cent from my photographs, it’s about inner joy and spending time on something I am passionate about. As I close this one chapter of my photography hobby, I hope to open a shiny new one.