Rare ~deep~ post || Wrapping up #WorldPhotographyDay
... here’s the story of how my journey as a photographer began. Prior to my back-to-back summer internships with @quiksilver
, I was familiar with DSLRs and had shot some family portraits and a few small events, but wouldn’t consider myself a “professional photographer.” As an intern at Quik, both of my bosses knew photography was something I was passionate about, so they’d task me with fun projects around the office that involved taking pictures. I even had the opportunity to take pictures of apparel/models at trade shows, including Agenda in Long Beach and three Surf Expos when I was back in Orlando for university. It was in the summer of 2015, however, that changed everything. Internship aside, I was hired and paid by the Company to be the event photographer for Quiksilver’s corporate weeklong Sales Meeting event, which took place across Southern California (Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, San O, etc.). I was transported to take pictures at numerous events, including a fashion show which featured apparel and swimwear from an upcoming spring line, a yoga class, an employee surf day, Home Office events, and the end-of-the-week company costume party. I was posted up at a Hyatt Regency and at the end of the week, my pictures were displayed in the form of a slideshow at the Company party, and distributed to all employees the following week via email. I will forever be grateful to my two bosses who believed in me, encouraged me, and gave me the opportunity to take pictures. Because of their kindness over two summers, I was able to discover that photography is my true passion. I don’t know if I’d be where I am today without the opportunities they provided me. They taught me the importance of paying it forward and pursuing your dreams. What’s your story?