It started with film and family.
My sister had a Canon G series film camera and I would borrow it to take pictures of the kids I babysat. I loved the slow, calculated decisions that film required but as the digital age took over, I started borrowing my other sister’s Canon Powershot Elph point and shoot. Then, after my brother bought a Rebel XTI, I borrowed his as well and began to get pointers from him, and he would analyze my pictures and give me suggestions on how to perfect the art of photography.
After my brother died in a drowning accident, I picked up his camera and it’s been a means of processing and of telling my own story. In 2011, I began photographing weddings and pursuing photography as a career. All along, my family has supported me to pursue excellence in photography and their encouragement has been key to my success.
Over time, my passion for photography has broadened from portraits and weddings to include photojournalism and storytelling. In 2016, I spent five months in Greece living on the small island of Lesvos, working on a storytelling project with refugees who were living in Camp Moria. The project will go into print later this year. My next venture starts in the Fall of 2017, when I’ll be flying to Australia to do a Photography DTS (Discipleship Training School) with YWAM. I’ll be getting discipleship and photography training to learn how to use photography in ministry, both domestically and overseas.
Photography has helped to tell my story and it is my dream to give others the same voice, through the art created at Grettagraphy.