I Am an Amateur

According to the dictionary, an amateur is defined as: a person inexperienced or unskilled in a particular activity.

Sounds pretty accurate, right?  For years we hear this word and it has taken on somewhat of an negative connotation; a negative way to describe who we are and what we do.  She's an amateur writer, he's an amateur basketball player, she's an amateur photographer.  How do we feel when we hear ourselves described like this?  Does it take away our confidence?  Does it make us feel like we're not good enough?  For most people, the answer is...yes.  Since starting photography, I wanted to hurry up and get good so that I wouldn't be classified as an "amateur".  I spent countless hours and days reading photography articles, learning techniques, and snapped away with my camera to practice, practice, practice.  I was indeed an amateur but an amateur for the wrong reasons.  To me, being an amateur represents so much more than being a beginner.  It's the passion, the drive, and the energy behind learning something new.  But most of all, its the enthusiasm that engulfs you when you're on that journey to something great.  When I started learning photography, I didn't stop for a moment to appreciate the fact that I was finding my passion and learning something new in my life.

Here is one of the first photos I took when I first started my photography.

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It's one of my favorites because I could remember the excitement I felt being in Grand Central with my camera in hand and ready to shoot.

This photo reminds me of how I felt when I saw this lady.  In a wheel chair and alone but on the surface I could see that she was full of character.

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Since finding photography, I've learned so much about myself and am experiencing personal growth each and every day.  This can be such an exciting time in one's life; does it all go away when you are no longer an amateur?  I choose to always remain an amateur and experience new possibilities with excitement and enthusiasm.

I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences as an amateur.   Feel free to post your comments below or shoot me an email.