It’s days like these that make me feel like I’m doing something right with the direction I’m going in with photography.

And this is going to be a long post. So brace yourselves. 

As an assignment for one of my photography classes at Poly, I was asked to interview a professional photographer. When it came down to making that decision, it was quite easy. Rewind to January, I was on facebook and stumbled upon Wyn Wiley’s facebook page. I was feeling super inspired by his work, so I decided to shoot him a quick email. Long story short, this email has turned into a friendship, he is the coolest, most friendly guy, and I knew right off the bat that this guy is really something special. 

So this past week, I sent him a message on facebook seeing if he would be down to answer a few interview questions for my class…and of course he was. He poured his heart out to me and really affirmed that photography is my future, as corny as that may sound.

Photography is a tool for us to create relationships, a tool for love, a tool for friendship, a tool for success. The fact that simply picking up a camera can create an entirely new world of connections is INSANE! like, woah. how is that even possible. I feel like the world is in my hands when shooting, I can make someone feel beautiful, make someone smile, and that in itself is so incredibly rewarding. to see the look on a client’s face when they love some photos I snapped of them gives me goosebumps. to receive messages weeks later from someone I had shot senior portraits of, and they’re simply saying how much they enjoyed meeting me and sharing the compliments they have gotten from family members on my photos, THAT in itself is why I am a photographer. I hope to continue making people smile. smiling is awesome.

I’ll end this post with a quote that a kid in one of Wyn’s photography workshops said:

“ya know every photographer i’ve met and every teacher i’ve had tells you to find something that makes you brilliant. But today I realized it’s not hard to find that thing that makes you brilliant, the hard part is accepting that thing that makes you brilliant”

so today, I feel like I’m going in the right direction. 

please check out Wyn’s work, you won’t regret it.