Those who can’t do, teach? Those who don’t like having their pictures taken, become photographers. haha, just kidding! (ok maybe not) I won’t lie – I’m camera-shy! (and a poet, apparently) But that makes me love taking pictures even more! I want to be able to say – I was there when that happened. I, for lack of a more eloquent term, froze that moment in time. It’s one of my sources of absolutely pure gratitude.
Every photographer says they’ve been shooting since they could remember; that they knew when they were 11 years old that photography would be their life. I wish I could say the same, but at age 5, when Dad first taught me how to take a picture with his old school Nikon slr (the kind you had to wind after every shot) the first thing I remember thinking was, “This thing is heavy.” I’m glad that didn’t stop me from taking pictures though, because despite the weight of that body + flash, I still remember how much fun I had walking around family parties taking pictures; how much I enjoyed taking pictures of classmates at school; how much I wanted to make sure that I would never forget that moment.
There are two things in this world that give me peace and happiness. Writing (about my life and about my favorite team in the universe, the Lakers) is one, and photography is the other. Both are challenging, but both are also unbelievably fulfilling, and I can’t imagine going a day without dabbling in either.
Need me for a shoot or just want to chat about photography? Email me! ALBGonda213@gmail.com