Inspiring People through Pictures
We are surrounded by photographs in every corner of the world. Today with the increase of mobile phones which possess powerful cameras, the power of photography has skyrocketed so high. It has made us realize that photography is part of our lives, hence we want to document every intimate moment with a photograph, we want to share them with our friends so that they can be part of our lives as well as preserve some memories and document some of the best moments in our lives that we will live to cherish.
I’m Grace and I’m a professional photographer. The power of the camera has enabled me visit many places and also make a living. I own two studios but most of my work usually happens outdoors because I’m a nature photographer. I love taking pictures of wild animals and beautiful scenes of nature, most of which I’m either contracted to take, or I take for pleasure.
I started photography way back in 2003, when I established my first studio. Business was good, but I didn’t like working in the confines of a room because I would at times get bored to hell and just wish I was doing something else. So to make amendments to the kind of life that I really loved, I decided, back in 2006, to employ someone to work at the studio while I did my work out in the field; that is how I ended up taking picture outdoors.
Outdoor Pictures Can be Fun and Also Help People Learn
Outdoors was quiet tricky and needed a lot of guts to survive. It wasn’t easy to earn something meaningful unless you have ready clients, so it took a while before, I became recognized. That happened in the summer of 2008, when I visited our local national Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
During the sightseeing tour I was astonished when we came across the dead elephants whose tusks had been removed. The wildlife conservation authority hadn’t yet known about them because the wound were fresh yet, meaning that it was just a couple of hours earlier when the elephants were poached. I felt a lot of pity for the animals as well as anger for whoever had been involved in the poaching. It was clear that I had come to love nature and believed much in its conservation.
I took several photos of the animals before the management of the wildlife came and restricted us from doing so. We continued along and met a herd of elephants and they seemed very restless. Actually, they acted strange and almost attacked us, something uncommon in the parks. They must have been expressing resentment for the loss of their kind.
Later that evening I posted the photos online captioning the cruelty of the poachers towards wild animals and the need to conserve these endangered species. I got a lot of responses and sympathies for the animal. Everybody who share the photos or commented on them shared the resentments about what had happened. There was abuzz in social media about how merciless the animals were being killed.
That day, I got a call from one agency who had found that on my profile I was a photographer and had gone through my portfolio and wanted my services. A week later I got another client and since then clients have been flowing. There are some who want me to be at their wedding and other parties, their those who want me to take pictures of their business etc. all I can say is that photography is a very interesting career.