I always wonder what the best way to introduce myself to people is. "Hi, I'm Marie" tends to be the default. People in Augusta almost always follow that statement up with "You're not from around here."
And I'm not. I usually claim Dallas, Texas as my hometown. It's where my closest family is, after all. Occasionally, I'll say I don't have a hometown, that I'm a nomad by nature and circumstance. That is also true. I've lived in the Augusta area the longest I've ever lived anywhere in my whole life. Before I moved here, I moved every three to four years. And while I was born in Texas, I haven't lived there since I was a baby.
I spent most of my childhood living in Europe, in various places in Germany. It was there that I learned to love documenting everything with photos. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the right one is worth more than that. In one click of the shutter, you can capture the moment, the emotions, and all the history in that one location.
I started taking photos on an old point and click camera when I was in middle and high school. My freshman year, I learned how to use my mom's Canon camera, the same camera I still use today. I learned everything I could about photography, mostly through trial and error. I'm still learning new things about my craft every day.
So, this is the start of my journey as a professional photographer. I'm looking forward to seeing what I learn about myself along the way.