Rather than starting with the cliché about loving photography from a young age, I'll fast forward to where I really got a start: South Burlington High School. Working alongside my mentor, Paul, and a very supportive community, I established a name for myself in the high school sports world. I was satisfied with just sports until friends started asking me to do their senior portraits. What started as a way to help my friends out quickly turned into a passion and is where I started turning my focus to.
As I began to branch out with my business, I soon realized that this passion of mine was something I wanted to pursue for the indefinite future. It wasn't the photography or the money that drew me in, but all of the amazing people and stories I had the privilege of experiencing along the way. If I was going to make this business my career, I wanted to truly commit. I enrolled in Champlain College as a Business Administration and Accounting Double Major, with a minor in Digital Marketing. Being in college threw numerous obstacles my way, but it helped me clear the path to a vision that became far more tangible as I furthered my education.
In the spring 2018 semester during my time at Champlain College, I decided to abandon home and head to the (second) most beautiful place in the world. Studies were light, but travel was abundant and I learned more about myself in those four months than I ever have before. I reconnected with a side of me that I hadn't experienced in a very long time. A new appreciation of life and the world around me inspired me to truly think about what my next steps would be with HP Photo. I wanted my business to be about the experience, rather than the images.
2018 was basically a year put on pause for my business. After being out of the country through May, and a full time swim coaching job that kept me occupied through the summer, there were a lot of holes put into my business. But of course, sometimes it takes a step backward to redirect and start running full speed ahead. I'm excited for what the future holds: all the new people I get to meet, all the new stories I get to hear and experience, all the new technology that is being released...it really is an amazing time to be alive!