Ever since I went to college, I feel like I’ve slowly lost touch with some of the things that I am passionate about – and things that make me who I am (or rather, who I was). Two of the things I miss the most from my childhood – and teenage years – are horses and photography. For me, the two went hand-in-hand. I would spend every day after school at the barn, and all day on weekends. Although I would ride my horse (and several others) while I was at the barn, the majority of my time was actually spent taking pictures.
By discovering my love for horses, I also discovered my love for photography – and in a way, I owe my entire career to that. Without my relative success as an equine photographer, I would not have taught myself how to use Photoshop, how to code, how to build websites. In a way, that brought me to where I am today.
But, regardless of my progress in terms of my professional career, there is a big piece of me that misses the passion I felt when taking photos of horses – and the excitement of getting home with memory cards full of thousands of photos to sift through and edit. Although I would get paid for my photography, it never felt like work to me. It was just something I loved to do, and making money was an added bonus.
Apologies for the extensive explanation – because long story short, I want to get back into photography. Something that made me so happy for so many years deserves a place in my life again. And although equine photography is not exactly conducive to my current living arrangement (horses + New York City = no go), I hope to be able to channel my photographic talents towards other aspects of life, beyond horses or other animals. I live just steps from one of the biggest, most vibrant cities in the country and the world – there has got to be something photo-worthy in that concrete jungle.
So, baby steps.
This past weekend, Matt and I went to my parents’ house in Central Jersey for Easter. The (relatively) warm weather was a welcome surprise (an unwelcome surprise was that it snowed today), so we took advantage of the sunshine to explore the great outdoors. Although I can’t say I got any real award-winning photos, it felt good to take my camera out again. And, Matt and I ended up having our own little impromptu photo shoot (ironically, taken on my iPhone 8+).
Thanks to Matt for getting some great shots of me in my natural habitat, and for his unwavering patience and support for my hobbies – and, my dog!