The Girl and the Reason Behind the Camera

I'm Kelsey. I'm a 21 year old art student at Purdue University getting a BFA in Integrated Studio Arts. I drink more mountain dew than water and eat my weight a few times over in macaroni every year. I'm working on this. I sing loudly in the car to 2000s pop punk religiously. I play video games and coach little swimmers. I've been a creative for as long as I can remember. Painting, crafts, ceramics, make up, whatever I could get my hands on, but this is the story of how I fell in love with a big black box and some glass.

I took a photography class in high school like a lot of people. I liked it enough. The whole film process was interesting and magical. However, the biggest drawback of film photography, like most mediums of art, is that it was slow, and limited in resources. I could only take as many photos as I could offered film and paper. For that reason my passion for it died out as the class ended.

I went to school for something else originally. I've changed my major twice since I started. I got my first DSLR my freshman year. My little T4i was my baby. I didn't do too much with it creatively at first, I just took photos of concerts and events and things like that. But it provided that spark. The spark led me to take a digital photography class at Purdue. That class led me to portraits. Portraits poured gasoline on the spark. I started off with just taking pictures of my roommate and sisters and slowly grew confidence in asking other people to model for me. It took me a long time for me to convince myself that I could do this, that I could follow my heart and make a living off of it.

So what about photography makes my heart all warm and fuzzy? What made it worth the risk and the work and investment? Why do I do what I do? The people. The moments. I get giddy with the way a boy looks at a girl he loves, toothy smiles from tots, the unposed beauty that we let slip by every day. I live for those. Candids are my cocaine. I want to capture these moments for people so that they can see them, and cherish them the way that I do. Don't get me wrong, the classic portraits are beautiful and classic for a reason and we'll do those too don't worry, but you can't pose the little smile that slips out after a kiss or the look of surprise of a new father getting peed on by his beautiful baby boy. Digital photography allows me to capture so much and not worry about running out of film. This lets me sit back and get every single expression from tears to laughter and share them with you. After every single shoot I come home and just bask in this happiness that fills me while I click through your images and relive the day. Nothing makes me feel better than making people feel beautiful, and then giving them physical proof of that feeling. I love my job and the people I get to share it with more than anything.

Hey! Thanks for making it this far. I honestly can't even begin to express my appreciation for people like you supporting me throughout my journey to becoming a full time photographer. This is my first ever blog post so if you have any ideas or comments or questions feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

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