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The Story of the Photographer
I don’t really know why I have started a blog, probably just because it seems like the cool thing to do these days and Im always looking for the next cool thing to add to my huge list of cool things I have done. NOT!
So, I’m Breanna. I’m a pretty average person, but I have been blessed with some extremely above average things. I guess the first would be having such an amazing God, I am nothing without him…literally. And then I have this pretty sweet-as husband too, he is WAY above average. We are expecting our first baby in February, and we are way beyond excited. I have an awesome family that I am sometimes ashamed to admit are mine and the ultimate dog, Hamish. I have killer friends who inspire me and I am blessed with crazy amounts of love from some very crazy people. So, I guess it is the blessings I have that make me a little bit above average.
I am a teacher. I am actually passionate about helping kids learn, but I don’t have a full time teaching job because I seem to move a lot. But I substitute. I am a photographer. I love taking pictures, especially of people because I believe you can tell immense amounts about a person and their situation through a lens. But photography is expensive and sometimes I get lazy. I am a farm girl. I love the farm and the adventures that it never ceases to hold, but I live in the city because that’s where work is. I am a Gemini. I have no idea what that even means because I think horoscopes are stupid. I am a christian. I think Jesus is cool and I try to let other people know that. I am active. Although I think I am getting worse with age, I like to do stuff and stay active like; snowboarding, surfing, sledding, walking, cleaning, shopping, etc. I also like to do some very in-active things; cooking, watching HGTV, watching sappy high school TV drama’s, playing Guitar Hero, and just plain old hanging out.
So, if you have successfully read this entire section you probably know me better than most of the people I consider friends. Welcome to my life.
I hate to be cliche, but I was that child who always had a camera in their hands. Actually, if you asked my mom she would probably say I never had a camera in my hand because they were always broken. Between getting lost, crushed or full of sand, camera’s never seemed to last long with me because I carried them around with me everywhere! I have the most random picture collection; from bathroom stalls to weddings to soccer games, and all of these moments are frozen in time on a 4×6 piece of photo paper because I love to take pictures.
Enough of the lame cliche tear jerking story though, lets get to the point.
My husband bought me my first DSLR for my 21 birthday, a Canon Rebel XT. I owed that beast, and used it like a maniac. I started doing some photography gigs for some friends and family and eventually I took some classes from a very talented artist Kelvin Chong. In 2006 I made the switch from Canon to Nikon, going with the D300 and fully restocking my lens collection.
Although I have dabbled in some abstract and a bit of nature based stuff, I feel that my heart is definitely captured by people. I love finding people through a lens. It doesn’t seem to matter who someone appears to be or tries to be, once you see them through a lens you really find out who they are or could be. Thus far, I have focused primarily on portrait style work with a bit of event and sport photography thrown in.
Check out my gallery and see what I have been up to.
The Story of Bagged Lunch Photography
There is a story in the Bible (John 6) that goes something like this…..
1-4After this, Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee (some call it Tiberias). A huge crowd followed him, attracted by the miracles they had seen him do among the sick. When he got to the other side, he climbed a hill and sat down, surrounded by his disciples. It was nearly time for the Feast of Passover, kept annually by the Jews.
5-6When Jesus looked out and saw that a large crowd had arrived, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy bread to feed these people?” He said this to stretch Philip’s faith. He already knew what he was going to do.
7Philip answered, “Two hundred silver pieces wouldn’t be enough to buy bread for each person to get a piece.”
8-9One of the disciples—it was Andrew, brother to Simon Peter—said, “There’s a little boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But that’s a drop in the bucket for a crowd like this.”
10-11Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” There was a nice carpet of green grass in this place. They sat down, about five thousand of them. Then Jesus took the bread and, having given thanks, gave it to those who were seated. He did the same with the fish. All ate as much as they wanted.
12-13When the people had eaten their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the leftovers so nothing is wasted.” They went to work and filled twelve large baskets with leftovers from the five barley loaves.
I find that story amazing; Not because people ran around a lake chasing him in hopes that he would heal their bodies and souls. And not even because Jesus fed 5000 people with a loaf of bread and 5 fish. But because one little boy had enough faith, love and courage to walk up to Jesus and give him his little bagged lunch. Im pretty sure that he never expected Jesus to do great things with that bagged lunch, he simply wanted to help out in any way that he could.
My photography is my bagged lunch. I bring my passion, interest and gifts to the table in hopes that they can be used in more ways than just mere art, but that they can be used to make people smile, laugh, tremble and cry. That they can be used in a much larger way than I could ever imagine.