Nearly six years ago this past winter, I had my fifteenth birthday. My parents had just recently gotten me my very first Fujifilm camera to learn on. I had always enjoyed taking photographs on disposable cameras and I think my mom recognized something there, so she encouraged me to learn on a digital camera. When my birthday rolled around, my mother did some digging and found someone who was willing to give me lessons in the craft and she pre paid for two lessons right off the bat. And I will say, had I never gone to these lessons, I would not be in the place I am today.
I went to the lessons and met the one and only, Dane Harris. He was at the time working out of a make shift studio in a strip mall in O'ffalon Illinois, running his business: Harris Photography. Man, he was quite a lot to take in at first. He has a very outgoing personality, but all in all is very passionate about his profession and his art.
Once my two lessons were up, Dane made me a deal. He knew I wasn't well off money wise, me being a high schooler and all. So he said if I came to the weddings they did on the weekends, helped set up equipment, and carry bags and such, then he would give me free lessons and I would gain some experience in the process.
Needless to say, the experience I gained from doing weddings every weekend was simply amazing. I quickly caught on and was able to actually start contributing, taking photos, and doing video clips. Not only did I gain a lot of experience, but the crew is probably one of the funniest crews to work with. When I work at Harris Photography, I actually look forward to it and have a blast at my job, which is a rare thing to say about working.
I would not be doing what I love today if it had not been for learning and working with Dane, Heather, and Dylan. The best part of it is, that after almost six years of working weddings and always assuming Dane would be the guy behind the camera, I had the pleasure to be a photogrpaher for Dane and Jamie's wedding in May! I wish nothing but the absolute best to the both of them and hope to continue working with you guys and the crew for years to come!