How did you became a photographer? I get that question a lot. Let's just begin by saying, a little unconventional. I am an artist at heart loving to draw and paint since I could remember. I never gave a camera or photography for that matter, any thought until, it became digital. When I saw that you could take a photo and download it onto a computer and create with it, I was hooked! The artist inside me was like a kid given a crayon and a piece of paper for the first time.
I knew absolutely nothing about f stops, exposure, proper framing, rule of thirds etc. But, Man did I have fun and produce some...awful looking pictures:) My first camera was actually a film camera made by Canon, a point and shoot Canon Elf. It was cool but, it just took pictures. I then entered the world of Insurance by becoming an Agent for American Family. It was with them that I acquired my first digital camera, an insanely over priced state of the art 4 mega pixel Kodak Easy Share.
Holy smokes, was that thing cool! Needless to say, I was not cut out for insurance, all I wanted to do was take pictures with that crazy Kodak:) Still not knowing a hill of beans about photography, I wanted to be a photographer! So naturally I went to work for a corporate portrait studio chain. Big mistake. I'm not one who likes to be in a studio All. The. Time. and that is exactly what that job was about. So, I made the jump into Church and School photography. No longer stuck in one location, I now got to travel all over the state of Kansas! 10 years and over 200,000 thousand miles later, I said, you know what, traveling isn't all it's cracked up to be:) That brings me to where I am today and the starting of my very own business Jared Weinman Photography. I love taking portraits of people, getting to know them and creating something wonderful. I have made some great friends because of a camera and I hope to make many more. Believe it or not, that's the very short version. Ask me some time over coffee or a cold beverage and just maybe I'll share the juicier tidbits:)
The camera's have matured, not so much the photographer:) I am still and always hope to be that wide eyed kid holding a crayon and piece of paper with a crazy mischievous grin on his face, about to create something magical!
Holy Smokes Photography Is Cool:) Just Saying....