October 27, 2011

my school journey

my latest piece of art, "illusion of depth"

One of the perks to being an art major is that homework is usually pretty dang fun. I love school. I've always liked school but I love that now I just don't like it, I love it. It took me a long way to get to the point I am at. Maybe some of you can relate to my story. I have probably switched my major 4 or 5 times. All during high school I knew I wanted to be a dental hygienist. That was the plan. No questions. As I moved away and went to college I started taking generals {obviously} as well as some medical related courses. I soon found out that maybe that wasn't my path. I switched to an elementary education major. At this point I didn't really pursue it much, just knew that I loved teaching and loved kids. Then I pondered doing dance education because I never thought I would be able to just up and stop dancing after attending my first two years of school. For some reason or another that didn't settle right. I was lost. I didn't know which direction to take. Being the youngest of seven kids I thrived on weddings. I am a very organized person. I love planning. I live it. So why not do something like that? I mean who doesn't want to be like Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner?? At that point I had moved back home and was wanting to attend the University in my home town and they had a Hospitality Management program where I could study to be an event planner. Hello fun! I started to do some pre-requisites and nothing ever went the right way for some way or another. Something always got in the way. I was so lost and confused as to what to do. Back tracking a little. Every since I was a little girl I've always had a camera in my hand. I would pose my friends and snap pictures of them, have my sisters & mom do my hair and makeup just so I could have them take pictures of me and I would take pictures of my cute little dolls. Whatever I was doing I would beg my mom to let me take her camera! I remember the birthday that I got my very own camera. I couldn't wait to start taking  pictures. I would love for the weekend to come just so I could spend my babysitting money to get my film developed. Moving on to junior high and high school, let's just say if you were my friend I probably have a million+ pictures of you and your life is photographed. While I was attending school at SNOW my drill team got to pose before every game for a team picture, my roommates and I would go on photo shoots, and my camera never left my sight. I started to love posing people and messing around with editing pictures. Then a year later on Christmas Santa brought me a SLR. Needless to say I was in heaven! For the next couple of years I was still a little lost girl in a big world not knowing what to do. Behind the scenes one after another family, friends and friends of friends started to ask me to take their photographs. I would always come home smiling and so happy. I loved capturing the love between families, friends, and couples. I knew I wanted to pursue this.. but wasn't quite sure if I should. I doubted myself and thought it was too much of a hobby. Deep down I loved creating something beautiful. I loved using my imagination. Finally it all came to me and I took a huge leap of faith and registered for classes and here I am. I am still on my journey. I am still a rookie and an amateur and am still learning each and every day. I can say, I love what I am studying. I love my little side job. It's so rewarding and so enjoyable! School has already been stretching me so much with each composition I create, or art piece I study. I can't wait to see where this next year takes me. Art is amazing.

 Okay, so I know that was a huge rambled mess but point blank. I've been thinking about my little journey a lot lately, and what it has taught me. Which is this: Whatever it may be in life. Have faith. Also, remember to enjoy the journey, because sooner or later you will get where you're supposed to be. Sometimes (okay maybe a lot of the time) it's frustrating. It may take a lot longer time then you want it to. Hang in there. You will make it! It's all about a little hard work, endurance, pondering, and going through the crazy journey. Through it you will discover pieces of yourself, who you are, and who you were destined to become.
 In the end it will all be worth it. 


4 comments

Chase + Destiny said...

I love that picture. You are a great photographer.

Alison said...

That's so cool that you made the choice to major in art. I love art so much, but haven't explored it enough til now, my senior year. :( If you do what your passionate about you will still have annoying days you may not want to work, but overall you work will be so much better!

Stacylyn said...

AMEN. AMEN. AMEN. It's hard going through it, but at the end I love seeing how I was guided to where I am now.

Alexis Kaye said...

I so agree! Faith gets you so far :) And you are darling! I love that you've found something you love to be passionate about! It makes life even more fun!

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