When I was younger, I was extraordinarily shy.
Like, I couldn’t make eye-contact kind of shy.
My dad had dabbled in photography and had all these Time Life photography books that I loved to pour over. I dusted off his old Minolta T-101, grabbed a few rolls of film from the drugstore, and started playing.
It was sort of magical: by placing a roll of film inside this mechanical device, I could take aim at the world around me and ‘abracadabra!’, I was able to create these tangible permanent reminders of life’s fleeting moments.
The camera became my shield.
Where, once, my shyness had held me back, now my camera allowed me to safely enter into the world that I had so desperately wanted to be a part of and explore.
The camera helped me feel safe, made me feel bolder, allowed me to experience and interact with ease, and slowly my shyness waned.
(And, bonus, taking photos was fun! Still is!)
While I’m not that shy little girl any longer (I love a good party with close friends and family!) at larger social gatherings, I’ll be the one exploring and enjoying, behind the safety of my trusty shield.
Here are a few things I believe,
chocolate and cheese can cure almost any ail
in the importance of friendship and family
that traveling is essential to getting to know yourself better
that the bubbles in a glass of prosecco make you younger, at least for a few hours
in books, the paper kind, and dog earring pages and writing notes in the margins,
that thrifting and dumpster-diving should be eligible for Olympic medals
(I’d be sporting lots of gold!)
that art, music & exercising your imagination are just as important as math.
that everyone has a story, and I believe I am here to help you share it.