Recently I was talking to another photographer in my area and he suggested blogging … So here it goes!
3MI Photography was officially opened when I was 16. I was a sophomore in high school and figured I could make money with the pictures I was taking for the yearbook. But let’s rewind and go back to the beginning, A camera has always been around my house from the time I was little; there are about 20 albums of pictures from the first 5 years of my life. Birthday’s, events, school functions mom always had that camera snapping away like I said its always been there!
When I was in 6th grade, I was in Science club (yes I was and still am a nerd!) Some friends were going to a photography class at the local Boys and Girls Club and I thought it would be fun to see what it was all about. First day developed a picture from a negative that was taken by former student just to learn the process. Soon I was rolling my own film, learning how to set my camera and compose the shot, we would then come back to the dark room and process the film and then the long and agonizing process (just a week till next class) till we could see what came out or more often than not in the beginning did NOT come out, proofing and printing were the next steps. The instructor Pat Murphy walked me through every step from start to finish, there were two hand written sign hanging over the developer trays that in bold black sharpie said “Agitate the Prints not Mr. Murphy” but the one I have almost turned into my personal motto “Think Weird”.
The first year was learning the basics, studio lighting, composition, and the building blocks for later. Bringing in a family friend for portraits, shooting flowers from Mrs. Murphy’s garden and anytime I could either get a roll of film from home or the club I would shoot it instantly hoping to get some sort of WOW image. In August of each year the class would hold a exhibit that was judged by local artists and photographers, you could choose 10 prints that you thought would be your best, If Mr. Murphy thought you had “bumped” a better image he would submit it for review under instructors choice just to see who was right, creating a great since of artist knowledge and a fun competitive environment.
I was picked to go to the Grand Canyon with another student and the Murphy’s for a week long photo adventure, well it was just a few months after September 11th and with tensions in traveling my parents didn’t think it was a good time to go, so the following year I got the chance again to this time it was the Oregon Coast, but that is a story for another time….