Tap, tap, tap! I stood there on one of our beautiful Florida beaches and watched as this fun and quite creative teen stood in front of me tapping her finger on her chin. She’s looked at her surroundings trying to decide what would be the subject of her next photographs. The wheels in my head began to turn as well. What makes a person want to pick up a camera and start taking pictures? What inspires them to share what they’ve seen through their lens? Photography. It’s an art. It’s an outlet of creativity. It’s a way to share your perception of the world around you. Meet Ashley Tadena. She is in the beginning stages of learning about photography. It’s a growing passion for her. I sat with Ashley and asked her a few questions to understand what it is about photography that makes her click…point and shoot!
Relax and Stretch by Ashley Tadena
When did you first start?
Ashley says, “I first started photography in 9th grade when I was taking a Photography class.” That’s when she realized how much she truly enjoyed honing in on her perspective of an object. Soon enough she was posting these pics for all of us to see!
Every expert was once a beginner. Ashley knows this, which is why she has taken the time to learn, to create and to continue to focus on getting the right lighting, environment and clarity for a great shot. She’s humble, teachable and open to the possibilities of what she can do.
Look Up by Ashley Tadena
Intrigued with her new found interest in photography, I asked her if she remembered the first time she shared her work with someone.
She said, “The time I shared my work was when I had to present my First photo project. I was nervous when I had to present my photos to the class because everyone that went already did an amazing job. Then it was my turn to present. After I presented my pictures the teacher was impressed on the work and asked me if I could be her photographer for the year book.” Wow! Talk about quick discovery.
I asked Ashley what it is about photography that captures her?
She said, “I love that photography captures a special moment or story of a person, place, or thing. It can capture a message or a natural beauty of the world we might take for granted.”
Photo by Ashley Tadena
Out of the many pictures you’ve taken, which one is your favorite to date and why?
I honestly don’t have a favorite photo yet .
What is your vision or motto in photography?
I don’t have a motto yet.
Do you ever see yourself doing this professionally? Why or why not?
Yes, I can see myself as a professional photographer because I have the passion and creative eye to capture a great image that people can admire or relate to. I would like to work for either National Geographic or CNN.
It’s great to dream and do which is why Ashley has not only been willing to photograph for her high school yearbook but is also being mentored by a professional photographer. Do not despise the days of small beginnings because we all must start somewhere. Way to go, Ashley! Walt Disney said it best, “Keep moving forward.”
For those of you that are in the beginning stages of photography, here are a couple of great sites with tips, tricks, tutorials and guidance. Get ready to snap those fingers as you soar into another level of photography!
Photography for Beginners websites
http://photographyforbeginnersblog.com/ I like this blog because Elliot the blogger is all about paying it forward. According to his blog, Elliot likes to learn, then share and teach. I do too, Elliot! Thanks for sharing.
http://beginnersphotographyblog.com/ Ingrid Owens of Camera Shy blogs with several tips, tricks & tutorials for beginners.
http://digital-photography-school.com/11-tips-for-beginner-photographers Darren Rowse gives excellent advice. This is geared for digital photography but some of these may apply to all. Worth the read!
Clicking off for now,
Your Friend Mel