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Sunday, October 19, 2008

New Adventures Are Scary

You may know by now that I enjoy photography. Always have, ever since I was given a little 126 camera when I was in 6th grade. I still have photo albums from those pictures.

Not too long after that, my dad started teaching me how to use a 35mm SLR camera and I started learning about ISO and F/stops and shutter speed. It was not a cheap hobby and we didn't have a lot of spare money laying around, so I took very few risks and stuck to trying to make good exposures. The right amount of light and a good focus point were my goals and my main subjects were friends and family.

By the time I graduated from high school, I decided to continue my photography and I used graduation gift money to buy a new Minolta SLR. Over time, I added lenses and accessories and spent a fair amount of money and time taking snapshots. I also started trying to take photographs. A snapshot is simply a nice picture, usually appreciated most by people who know the subjects. A photograph usually will have a wider appeal and in some cases be considered art. I even did some volunteer work taking pictures for my school.

Well, with a new family, time and money limited my photography to general snapshots of kids and holidays. Most of the time, I started using disposable cameras for convenience.

Having rediscovered my love for photography and the convenience that digital photography provides, I have been enjoying taking and working with pictures. I have gotten compliments from people on my pictures and I have thought about starting a side business with my photography. This brings me to the title of this post -- maybe article is a better word as this has gotten too long for a blog -- I have decided to start a business. This is a big step and a new adventure, but a fortune cookie I got last week said "Big journeys begin with a single step." The single step that I have taken is to create the online presence for my photography, so I am proud to introduce Flowing Desert Photography, with photo galleries available at


Paul Both said...

Congratulations on your new adventure. I wish you all the best. I always enjoys seeing your photos!


Frankie said...

Congrats Stephen! Wish you all the best on this new endeavor

Theia said...

Congrats to you! How exciting!

J~Mom said...

Congratulations and good luck with your business!

Stephen said...

Thanks everyone! This is a big step and will require a lot of work, but I am doing the work required to run the business side as well as the photography side.