Earlier this summer I visited Seattle with my parents. Fueling my inner nerd, I suggested several tours we might be interested in, one of which was a Seattle Walking Tour with Shutter Tours. This ended up being nothing short of fantastic. Our guide, Valentina, was captivating, entertaining, and warm. It was obvious that she works for Shutter Tours not because she needs the money, but because she loves it. During the tour she explained that she is also a professional photographer, so she gave us helpful photography tips along the way and also talked a little bit about the photography business. I absolutely loved the tour and walked away with the beginnings of an inkling of an idea that I might maybe be interested in possibly pursuing photography. One resource Valentina suggested for aspiring and professional photographers alike was CreativeLive, a website which hosts free photography workshops. I didn’t immediately investigate this, but I kept it in the back of my mind. It wasn’t until more than a month later that I decided to give it a go. I began by watching the introduction to a workshop given by Jasmine Star about building a wedding photography business. She explained that photography was never in her life-plan. Instead, she was about to begin law school and facing the gut-wrenching realization that she actually hated the idea of law school. So she put her scholarship on hold and ultimately decided to pursue her newfound dream of being a wedding photographer—despite the fact that she hadn’t actually ever used a professional camera. Jasmine’s story resonated with me on so many levels. It was at this point that I realized I need to explore this possibility.
Included are some of my favorite pictures from Seattle.