I AM NOT A PHOTOGRAPHER
In my 30 years of life, I have discovered one thing. I am an artist. For many years this came through an array of different forms. Most recently in the manifestation of a dream in which many labeled ME a photographer. This was not accurate. I understand the mistake though as I was holding a camera at the time. Also, people were begining to share portraits I had created of them at an accelerated rate. I started to believe this label that had been gifted upon me and I too began to tell the world that I was a photographer. This was a tale I never truly believed and it was apparent through my years of hard work and free art. The problem was, and still is, that I AM NOT A PHOTOGRAPHER. I was, and always have been, an artist. The camera is simply a tool that I use to create. Had you given me a paint brush, I would have painted your face. Had you given me some paper, I would have created you a beautiful crown.
Once I came to terms with this, I began to tell myself that it was okay to go past the boundaries that photography had placed on me. I spent countless years detouring from major opportunities because I felt unworthy and I would often fall into fear and doubt on opportunities I was brave enough to face. These gloomy walls were self built and made from the fear that I had no real schooling in the matter. I believed I could never be anything great because I did not have an ounce of the knowledge, or better yet, the equipment that the big time photographers had. I did not understand then, or now, the major science behind photography. I often can't tell you what lens I am using and still feel dumb on trips to any photography equipment store. However, these days I know more than I give myself credit for and I can tell you this... I believe everyone is beautiful.
I am an artist. I have the ability to show the stars in the way the world believes they want to see them. I Also believe EVEYONE IS A STAR. This is not a title I hold for celebrities for I have met many of those that shine far less bright than my friends and family who have chosen journeys away from the spot light. I have the ability to show true beauty behind insecurities and frustrations. As an artist, different rules are created for different beauties and I CREATE THOSE RULES. I will never apply the same rules to two different faces as they are not the same and never will be.
I am simply a friend with a camera. If you trust me, I will show you to the world through an artist eye. Should you be in the market for an artist, I just might be your guy. However, if you come to me you must know one thing... I am not a photographer.