In my early 20's I went on a backpacking trip to the Smoky Mountains and also camped for five days in Yellowstone National Park. The experiences throughout both were unforgettable.
At the time, I owned a cheap point and shoot camera. When I looked through my photos from both trips, I was immediately intrigued in wanting to take more. So, I ended up buying a better camera, collected a few lenses, and continued traveling.
26 National Parks and a few years later, here I am. Being a freelance photographer, my experience has been self taught. After watching countless videos, reading about numerous techniques, coming home from trips to find out that I had the wrong settings on my camera, and sometimes only getting a few chances to take specific photos, learning photography on my own has definitely shown it's challenges.
With a desire to continue growing through my journey, I recently passed the Certified Professional Photographer course!. Alongside studying, I am always looking for ways to learn something new or even practice something more!