My Photography Journey by Justine Knight
I am going to be completely honest; I am really only at the beginning of my photography journey! Every week I discover more and more that I need to learn, try and master. Actually, this is one of the reasons why I love photography – it is hopefully a never ending journey!
I have always taken photos; I have so many snapshots of friends, family and my many travels. It wasn’t until the Fall of 2011 when a good friend and I took an online course on taking better photos of your children that it started to become an obsession!
In January 2012, I joined the Clickin Moms photography forum and this only fueled my desire to be a much better photographer. After completing The Best Darn Beginner Course Ever and Beyond the Basics, I became interested in expanding my subject matter away from my children and started taking more photographs of the amazing city in which I lived, New York City.
In June 2012, I enrolled in an in-person workshop at the International Center of Photography that focused on street photography. I loved it! I love the challenge of creating an interesting image out of uncontrollable and sometimes mundane subjects. It’s really hard! I also loved going out on my own and developing a photographic point of view that was not defined by my children. It further introduced me to a whole world of new photographers and styles.
Using street photography as a foundation, I then started integrating more of my girls into these types of shots.
I signed on for Elements of Design workshop in the Fall of 2012 and it was here that I really began to understand my strengths as a photographer. It was during this course that I was accepted to CMPro, something that I am proud of and worked hard for.
My two girls will always be the driver of my photography and I do love taking photos of them even if they are not so keen to be on the other side of the camera!
One of my latest projects is the world of film. I am really enjoying the challenge, the suspense and the qualities of black and white film. I have so much to learn! Luckily there is so much fantastic work to be inspired by and aspire to!
My other project is to start to take on family sessions. I have really received such a huge amount of satisfaction from creating images for families that highlight their connection and then end up on their walls. I am also hoping to integrate my love of street photography into sessions for those families who also love the city the way I do.
I am excited that my journey is only just beginning! My journey would not be where it is without the amazing support network I have with a group of fabulous photographers, and my friends and family who love all of my work (the good and the bad!).