Going into JMS 235, I didn't know what to expect, personally. I know that I love photography. But I also knew how I wasn't confident in my skills. Throughout this course, I was forced to use my camera and capture moments to tell a story. Each photo, some even being accidents, took intention and sometimes a retake. Well in that case many retakes. But I tried and tried until I got the picture that I felt best told the story. I took a step further and even challenged myself to shoot in manual. I used auto to help me learn light but 97% of my photos were all me :)
My photo story is about Hugh Hunter-- writer, speaker, activist, author, professional. Hugh and I crossed paths from working in the same office. However, I began noticing him and his influence at different events. Whether he coordinated the event or spoke at the event, I was always inspired after leaving that event. It was heart-warming to see someone who was all for the empowerment of his race and the youth. While I have not read his book yet, I have spent time talking to Hugh in the form of interviews, taking photos, and him just giving me life advice. I definitely include Hugh as a person I look up to and I know that he will continue to do great things. Here is a link to a profile piece I did on him for another class: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-yoSa540RCgdHpsbEJsSTlob3M
Last but not least I want to touch on what I learned in this course....Challenge yourself. Step outside of comfort zones to get what you want. It is okay to try things you aren't used to or unsure of. The worst thing that could happen is that you don't like the picture. But be bold and go outside of the box. For me, that's all easier said than done but I have began that journey since taking this course and I will continue to be bold in life and with my camera.
I HOPE YOU GUYS ENJOYED MY PORTFOLIO :)