Diane Tisseur, Montreal-based (Verdun) photographer.
My love of photography began in high school, circa 1979, when my Dad bought me a second-hand Yashica Electro 35mm film camera (see image provided below). One day, during a class trip, a classmate asked me to lend her my camera. I should have listened to my inner voice, because - you guessed it - she dropped my camera and, well, yes, she broke it. And that was that! I had no more camera... and didn't get another for many years to come.
Many years went by before I got back into photography more seriously - circa 1999 and even more so since 2007. I got back into it so intensely that friends and family began calling me "Kid Kodak" or "The Kodak Kid."
Now to give props where props are due. I've always been creative... with an imagination that would sometimes make my parents shake their heads. I had leading roles in pretty much all the school plays from kindergarten to high school. I did love it. My family always encouraged my creativity and spontaneity - even when it meant they had to sit in the living room and listen to me sing, watch me dance, or watch me act out a scene from a play I was practicing for. I was a dramatic child - at times quite melodramatic some might say. (hehe!)
I must also give props to my high school photography teacher Jean-Louis Desrosiers, who was instrumental in igniting my curiosity and interest in photography. Merci, Jean-Louis !
Although, in my opinion, the camera brand does hold a certain degree of relevance, many will agree that owning a sophisticated dSLR or mirrorless camera by far doesn't a photographer make. Photography is a creative outlet, a means of expression, the result of which is usually considered to be art... the art of creativity, the art of potentially having a POV that no one else has. No matter how much money you dish out for your camera or what brand of camera you use, you may certainly manage to take excellent photos. In fact, many a magical moment has been captured using a regular point-and-shoot or a smartphone camera.
No matter what device you use, just go for it! Not only will exploring and practicing help you discover exactly what style drives you, but you'll also refine your skills and become a better, more involved, more compassionate photographer. To quote Paul Melcher, VP of Business Development at Stipple, "Talent is not measured by the number of lenses or gizmos you carry. The less you carry, the more you can concentrate on your images."
I encourage you to connect with me and other photographers. Discussions and collaborations will help you grow as a photographer. Collabs and networking are both great for personal improvement and development! Learn, teach, inspire!
Keep your creative juices flowing and always have fun!
About Groovy Lens
Welcome to Groovy Lens Photographic Art!
My goal is to help you create photographic memories that you will cherish for a lifetime.
Walk away having had a fun, memorable experience. Your wants, ideas, and input matter to me.
* Headshots can be used for real estate profiles, business cards, social media profiles, etc.
I look forward to meeting you and to helping you create forever memories. Until then, Be Groovy! ツ