I’m halfway through the internship with Cam, and in addition to reflecting on our time so far, she wrote a blog post to share with you readers. I’ve loved hearing about Cam and her perspective because of how different it is from mine! We still have 10 weeks to go, but I’m excited to share what Cam wrote about where she is now in her business! More from Cam below…
I never would have guessed that I would be in love with a means of art. I am mesmerized and awed by certain photographs that make you stop in your tracks and think about the story behind it, the people in it, the location, and the photographer shooting it.
It all began one day when a friend asked me to be her model for an assignment for her photo class and she showed up with an old Pentax 1000 film camera. I became obsessed with how the photos turned out and the fact that it was on film. The next year, I signed up for the photo program at my own school. In the Photo 1 class we started with pinhole cameras and worked our way to black and white film and then began to shoot digital photography. I loved the process of film and loved the way you had to learn that photography is all about light when shooting with a film camera. The next year I skipped right to AP Photography and fell even more in love. It was finally a class where I had the freedom to create my own photoshoots and curate my own work. Part of my love for photography was that there was no pressure for me in it. It was simply me creating art and I just happened to get class credit for it.
At this time last year I still had no idea what I wanted to do with my future. I was really struggling with finding what the Lord wanted me to do and what he was guiding me towards. Last spring break, I went on my first mission trip to Haiti. In Haiti I found my next love. It was for the people, their stories, and hope that they hold. They have so much hope and joy although they have so little. While I was there I took a lot of pictures but I did not think much about the photos I was taking until I got home. When I got home, I began telling all the stories of the people that I met through sharing the pictures I took.
It didn’t occur to me until later that the Lord had put this experience in my life for a reason. My two new loves were combined into one: missions and photography.
A few weeks after my trip I was taking pictures for a church work day when a photographer approached me and struck up a conversation. He was telling me that he was a missions photojournalist. That was when I realized that this was what I was supposed to do.
Photography then became an even bigger part of my life because it turned a love into a passion and I am currently working on turning that passion into a career.
This year I have focused so much on photography and have launched my own business C Photo & Design. I began shooting for my friends and have absolutely loved every part of it.
My internship with Alisandra Photography has been an incredible part of this goal and has improved me in so many ways. I can’t wait to see where the rest of my internship will lead me as we finish out the second half of our time together and I continue to pursue this passion.