Hello Everyone! Welcome to my journey.....or should I say, our journey? I suppose you could say this is just another photo blog.....or is it? Well, we shall see. I'll leave that judgement up to you. As I sit here today, I have tossed around so many ideas about starting a blog and what it should be about. Like most, I wanted it to be creative and unique, however the more I thought about it the more I realized it only needed to be authentic and genuine. So in the end, that is all this blog is going to be. Real and completely uncut. It will be about photography and life. My two favorite subjects.
I remember the day I picked up my first DSLR. I was so excited and so lost. I picked it up and looked down at all the controls and thought to myself, "What am I doing. I don't know what any of this stuff is." What I did know is I was fascinated by photography and I wanted to learn how to shoot. So that's what I was going to do. I was going to learn. I knew from the beginning that it was going to be a life long journey. At times I would be thrilled with my progress. Other times I would be so frustrated that I would want to put the camera down. But I wouldn't. I would keep moving and push through the frustration. Because in the end, the only thing that mattered was I loved photography and I expected to grow. And growth is uncomfortable at times.
Shortly after buying my first DSLR, my wife and I got word that we were about to become parents. Again, I was so excited. I was also completely scared. Once again, I was in that position where I wanted to be great at something while also being clueless on how to get there. I wanted to be a great father but as much as I thought I could become one, I really had no idea where to start. You see, there are so many parallels in my life between being a father and being a photographer. In many ways, life has married the two of my greatest passions together. To be a great family man and photographer. For the past 7 years I have learned the art of photography by documenting the life of my children. I studied the techniques required to capture the essence of a child growing up. I carried my camera everywhere (not kidding), and when a moment presented itself, "click!"
My hope for this blog is to help those who want to capture their children's lives as they grow. Whether you have a smart phone, a point and shoot camera or a DSLR, you have an opportunity to learn a few techniques that can vastly improve your images, and most importantly help you capture these special moments in your life. So come on board, grab a seat and join me as a I share what I have learned along my journey as a photographer and a father. Let's grow together, one click at a time.
Michael A. Young