My first print (August 17th, 2016)

     Hello all! Today I will be talking to you about motivating yourself to get out there and take pictures as much as you can! I started taking pictures without really knowing what I was doing, just snapping things that looked good to me. Looking back I can see those shots and there is A LOT I would change about them, but really, I wouldn't. Photography is this ever changing, ever evolving lifestyle and passion that once grabs hold of you, has you forever, and can take you on the best ride of your life!

     When you have some down time, think about the most beautiful place near where you live. Sometimes it will be the first place that pops into your head as the spot you can relax and be alone. Sometimes it will be a place that is just truly unique. Whatever the reason is latch on to it, and really think about why it is so special to you. Got it? Great! Now try to envision a way to convey that emotion you created into a picture to show somebody in the hopes that they would want to go there. You want to transport them. You want to make them yearn to see what you did. 

     See it is all about value. The images that we take are PRICELESS to us, because we worked to get them. It is only natural to want others to appreciate our work. A person will judge the "value" of your picture by how much personal time they are willing to invest into at it. If your image is very drawing to the viewer, then they will want to look at it longer and longer. To some people the picture may actually be so good that they want to hang it up somewhere to look at day after day. I fit into the last category, I want to take pictures that make people smile, and feel warm inside, whether it is a landscape or a portrait. There is no limit to what you can capture, and you never know what somebody may think of your image, so why not take a shot!!! Okay, bad pun, sorry.

     My very first picture that I sold was a complete accident. I took a shot of a section of road here in Hawai'i as a homework assignment for college. After receiving a good grade on it, I wanted to put it on the fridge, so to speak. Problem was I didn't have any colorful letter magnets, so I just posted in on my Facebook. Two days later, I got a message from a man who wanted to buy a full size print of the picture to hang on his wall. I was beside myself, and of course agreed to sell him a copy. I did not know how much to charge, but I threw him a number and he agreed without hesitation. A week later he sent me a picture of my picture, framed, and hanging in the entry hallway of his house. I have never been so proud of any picture I took up to that point. I am smiling now even thinking about it. The picture is below.

     The point I am trying to make, is that everything has the potential to be beautiful. Something is beautiful to someone in some way. So why not take a chance. Grab your camera. Go to your favorite spot. Take a few shots and most importantly enjoy your time alone with yourself and your thoughts. I would love to see some of your work and shots that you have taken! I hope to hear from all of you! Thank you so much for reading my very first blog!