My Journey to Photography
As you may have guessed, my name is Andy Marchant. I have always been captivated by photography. Not just snapshots, but something that captures in a split second, hundreds and thousands of words, emotions and thoughts. Throughout my life, I have looked at images in magazines, and newspapers, and now the internet. The ones that always stick with me, and that I can still remember today, are those split seconds in time where something amazing happened. Or, an image that legitimately makes me feel emotion or sends my mind on an adventure.
I started my adventure into photography as a senior in high school. I learned with black and white 35mm film, and a dark room in a corner of my high school. This was soaking photo paper in chemicals, exposing the paper to light, and soaking the paper again. We would hang the pictures to dry and hope for the best. I didn't think of it at the time, but those lessons I learned about light, composition, and camera functions are the bedrock of what I do now.
I graduated from High School, and as a poor teenager with an LDS mission in my immediate future, I could not pursue photography anymore. Film was at least $10.00 for 36 frames, and developing it cost more than that. It was, and still can be an expensive hobby.
Flash forward more than a decade, and having a personal blog is the cool thing to do. One of my photography idols (still to this day) Brian Mickleson has a blog where he posts pictures he has been taking of his kids. Brian had just barely started taking photographs professionally. I was jealous that Brian had such amazing memories of his children. It was like a magazine followed his kids around and documented their lives.
I decided right then, that I was going to do the same thing. I knew I was capable. Photography had advanced leaps and bounds ahead of where I had left it. Everything was digital, and the darkroom was on your computer.
After months of research and learning, and saving every spare bit of money I had, along with selling an old car, got me to the point I could afford my camera. Ever since that day, there has not been a single event, session or task, that I have walked away from without new knowledge.
I continue to grow and get better everyday. I have met premier photographers, I have attended amazing events, and I have grown and done things beyond my wildest dreams behind a camera. The best part is, I have barely scratched the surface of what I am capable of, and I love that feeling.