I've been interested in photography for as long as I can remember.
My first job was as a photographer for guests of an amusement park and that is where I learned good, basic techniques. After two summers there and graduation from high school I kept the hobby but didnt further my education.
I heard of Hallmark Institute of Photography and spoke to the admissions department about setting up an interview, but never followed through.
It was always in the back of my mind, and a camera was almost always in my hands.
Instead I joined the working world of retail and banking. I did side jobs in photography, first communions, parties, and a few weddings for friends. However, I had resolved to take courses through the bank I was working for to become a financial advisor. I had one course of five under my belt and was set up to start the next before I was officially diagnosed with breast cancer and changed my path completely.
In the spring of 2009, after my diagnosis, I went online to look at Hallmark Institute of Photography again and saw that they were having an open house. I decided to attend and completely fell in love. I went through the admissions process and eagerly awaited treatments to end and school to begin.
In July of 2011 I graduated from the intense and beneficial program. I am excited to share the skills that I have learned and perfected and I am confident that my photos will be something you cherish for years to come.