The story of how I became a photographer began when I was a child. I would see a scene before my eyes and think to myself, “this would be a nice picture.” Unfortunately, at that time, I did not have the tools or resources available to nurture my photographic visions. Time went on and I began to explore other creative outlets, such as drawing, writing short stories, playing guitar and even performing spoken word poetry. These all brought me some level of fulfillment but then, in 2010, I received a camera for Christmas and my true passion was ignited.
The camera was a little point-and-shoot by Canon, the Power Shot SX130 IS to be exact, but it was everything I needed to begin my exploration into photography. I began taking walks & photographing any and everything. Then a friend of mine had a birthday party & I asked if I could bring my camera and take pictures of the event. It was at this party that I realized that I liked taking photos of people. Being able to freeze moments of joy really impacted me in a positive way.
From there I really got the urge to improve. I started looking at work from pro photographers and I wondered why my photos didn’t look like theirs. This prompted me to begin researching photography techniques. I started reading books, watching videos, attending workshops and my education has been ongoing ever since. I even found someone to be my mentor.
These are some of Kelvin’s great photos. I suggest you check his blog – “Photography According to Kel” to know more about his portraits and the great challenges he set for himself for 2014.