You can say photography runs in the family: since I was a baby I have observed my parents using their film cameras to capture the oddest moments in my life. At age 14, I got my first real photography lesson, when both of them sat with me prior to my first trip abroad alone and told me the “rules” of photography. They pretty much went like this:
- Make sure you are not cutting people’s feet off the photos.
- Do not take more than 10 rolls of film, or they wouldn’t develop them.
- Look through the viewfinder to figure out if the picture will look good.
- Use Flash at night.
(Okay, besides the first two rules I might have taken some liberties as what they actually taught me, since it was so long ago I don’t really remember.)
11 film canisters later (ooops, sorry rule #2) and upon coming back home we got them all developed. And you know what? That lesson must have somehow worked out, because I came home with a few amazing images of my trip. Since them, my mom rarely saw her small automatic camera again. I have been pretty keen on recording my life through pictures, and constantly learning and experimenting to get the best images I possibly can.
True Perfection Photography is based in Salt Lake City, UT, and offers portrait and fashion photography at affordable prices or TFP.
Metaphors & Morticians, by Chelsea Nelson (Author photo + half of the photography throughout the book)
Postcard for Westminster College, “Camber is going to law school” (photography and design by me)
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