I'm not really sure how to write these things, but I do know that it's important for you to feel like you know me! So how about I start with some basic information about myself, and then after that I will write about my photography background.
My name is David Allen. I'm 29 years old, and (you may want to sit down for this) I'm a photographer. Although it's mostly just a piece of paper on my wall, I have a B.S. in Chemistry. My life remains pretty busy most of the time. I juggle photography, work, and personal relationships on a daily basis. I wouldn't have it any other way!
I have owned a professional camera for about 8 years now, and have been shooting weddings for about 5 of those years. However, long before I even owned a professional camera, I was experimenting with cell phone cameras and simple point and shoots. I pushed those cameras to their limits, and in the process I learned many basic techniques which I still use to this day.
My main focus in photography is quality. I have spent countless hours learning how cameras and light work together, because I feel that passion alone cannot make a good photographer. A good photographer must also know how their gear works, because that knowledge allows them to manipulate a scene and get the look they want.
When I was in high school, I saved up money for months to purchase a Nikon Coolpix L11. It was a simple point and shoot camera which maxed out at 6 megapixels (far less than the average cell phone today). However, every time I look through my old photos, I feel eternally grateful for that camera. Looking through my old photos, I can travel back in time and relive all of my oldest and some of my most cherished memories.
Perhaps my skills/knowledge in photography have improved since then, but my passion for capturing moments and memories has remained constant. The photos I shot back in high school were simple and honest, whether it was a selfie with a friend (before the word selfie even existed I think), or a black and white photo of a chair. I feel that each photo led me down a path which brought me here. To this day, one of my favorite things ever is bringing my camera to an event (a party or other gathering with friends), posting the photos online, and watching everyone comment and share the images with each other.
So why do I love photography? I feel like I was given the gift of capturing moments using clean, honest photography. I want to continue sharing that gift with others for the remainder of my days.