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My Camera Journey

Updated: Sep 11, 2021





My interest in photography started back in high school. In class, we made a pinhole camera out of an oatmeal box- and it worked! The school checked out cameras to students, and even though I didn’t know too much about photography at the time, I was intrigued.


After high school, I decided to go to Colorado Mountain College for photography. I set out on the quest to purchase my first camera. My plan was to find a Pentax k 1000, and somehow, I arrived home with a Ricoh 35mm. ( I know, I had never heard of it either! ). While it wasn’t what I originally wanted, it was cheap and perfect for starting out.


While in college, we took many adventurous photography trips. My favorite was to Bridges National Park in Utah. With tripods and twin lens cameras, we climbed everywhere. We handed gear up to each other as we climbed and we ended up capturing some amazing images. The night sky was the darkest and most star-filled I had ever seen.


That experience set a spark and I began the dream to own my very own Hasselblad Medium format film camera.

After graduating I worked as a contract photographer at Lowry AFB in Denver, where I put away my pennies for my dream camera. I didn’t find my Hassablad but I purchased a used Mamiya RZ67 with one lens and two interchangeable film backs. Yes, I know, I probably lost most of you, but let’s just say it was an amazing medium format camera that I used for 10 years photographing weddings and families.


For the past 8 years I have been shooting with a canon 6D which is a full frame camera. Photographing weddings, senior portraits, infants and all of life’s moments to be remembered.

In 2020 Canon decided to come out with their newest camera which is mirrorless. I felt the NEED for this new amazing camera and made the leap. The advancement in camera technology over the past 30+ years is so amazing.


I have now done two shoots with my new camera and I am in awe at how awesome it truly is. I’m still learning it’s differences and nuances and am excited to shoot my next 10 years with this amazing Canon R6 mirrorless camera.



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