Or do you just photograph pretty girls? Why did you pick up the camera and learn/learning to use it properly?
Other than the occasional holiday or birthday, the first real time I picked up a camera was for Photo I class in college. Not because I wanted to, but because I had to (it was required for the graphic design degree). I shot everything required for our assignments, but I actually liked it. I liked having assignments -- it's more motivation for me than just "because I want to." Honestly, I think it should be required for anyone who wants to get into photography that they have to at least try shooting, developing, and printing their own black & whites, at least once. After seeing that first print appear in the developer, I was hooked. Anyways, it was about three years later when I shot my first pro model. In between that time, I shot landscapes, people (not models), dead birds, cracks in the concrete, rust on metal, etc. etc. ad nauseum. I'm happy with some of my pretty girl shots, but not as happy as I am with this one:
This is quite possibly my most favorite image I've ever taken. Of course, it means more to me because I was there when the chain gang was cleaning up the debris after the storm hit our town square. It's a memory-charged image for me. I always wonder what these three individuals were in for. The first inmate from the left (with sunglasses), I went to high school with him.
If I can ever be as happy or stir up the same feelings (okay, not the same
feelings, but the same... I dunno, amount
of feeling?) with my pretty-girl and/or fashion photos as I am with this one, then I'll know I'm on to something.
Graphic design I enjoy, but I've learned that I don't like it enough to do it day in and day out. I can't draw/paint well enough to do that for a living, either. Whatever I do has to be in the creative realm, otherwise I'll be bored to the point of insanity, so there's not much left for me than photography. And yet I haven't found a way to make money from that either.
I'm working on it...