As a photographer, I capture and record life. The last 14 years of my life, I’ve been aware that it’s something I’m passionate about. But until recently, I didn’t realize just how far back that passion began for me.
My love for photography and documenting life actually goes back to my grade school days, but it really became evident during high school once I joined the Yearbook Staff.
(Remember my pal Lindsey, from the Veldkamp Engagement session? She’s in these photos with me! And my husband! And my sister Allison!)
I had the great pleasure of being a part of O’Fallon Township High School‘s Yearbook Staff for two years. 1997-1998 and 1998-1999.
Look! There I am! Next to my hubs in a couple of photos too!
Back in those days, I actually wasn’t a photographer for the Yearbook Staff. I hadn’t learned the ways of anything more complicated than a point-and-shoot, and I had never stepped foot in a darkroom.
As a regular staff member, I helped choose the photos, design, crop, label, and caption. It was a ton of fun!
Outside of Yearbook, I was really into Art.
If it was art-related at our high school, I wanted to be involved.
I was so involved with Art that I was actually nominated for Most Creative by my peers my senior year of high school!
I didn’t win, but I was still honored to have made the list. And look at me! I was ALL about Art…even having some of my senior photos taken with my drawings!
Maybe even a bigger honor was that, because of my drawing skills and artsy reputation, my senior year of high school, I got to co-design and draw the yearbook cover with another gal on our staff!
It turned out pretty fun, huh?
My hubs was one of the editors that year and wanted “his” cover to stand out from all the years of the usual blue.
I think we pulled it off. 🙂
In addition to surrounding my world with drawing, art, and design, I also videotaped my entire senior year of high school.
That’s me riding shotgun and recording our drive to a youth church retreat my senior year.
Even then, I was all about recording the journey and capturing the little things it seems.
And this may be another reason I’m kinda attached to designing Books. 🙂