Not long after the yearbook publisher deadline, Jordan and I began dating. He continued to pursue photography for his degree as well as contributing to the college publications. I would go with him on photo shoots just to spend time with him. I also spent time in the dark room watching him create.
|Jordan Behind the Lens|
I rarely used a camera. That sort of changed on my first trip to Europe. I went alone and wanted to be sure to document the experience.
While we were in the Pacific Northwest, I began to think of myself as a photographer. Living there, I felt like an ex-pat (of sorts). The landscape (both urban and natural) was not like "home". There are many unique things to see and I wanted to document our life there. While we lived there, Jordan and I began going to places with the set intention of photographing. We each gave each other space to explore. For me, photographing a place can be meditative. I typically don't talk when I'm photographing. I like to get lost in the solitude of finding my shots.
After our excursions, Jordan and I reviewed each others images. It was fun to how differently we see / approach things. Reviewing our images was almost as much fun as the shoot itself. Jordan was always generous with feedback. I learned how to keep my own style while making better images.
I am so happy that Jordan has given me the confidence to boldly call myself a photographer. Albeit, a seriously enthusiastic amateur...a photographer none the less.
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