I go by the name JonhnyRocket. Here’s my story of how I got started as a photographer and gained a love for the art of photography!
I was introduced to photography by sheer accident, at the time I didn’t even own a camera. It began in 2015, when I was invited to an event from a close friend, at the event another mutual friend @eyeGifted brought his camera to the event. I asked to take a few photos just to see how the camera’s mechanics worked. I began to snap a few more photos of the crowd and the family. I couldn't stop taking photos. I really enjoyed the experience that came with photography that day. I realized a passion for photography was slowly growing.
I didn’t own a camera then but I knew that photography was something I wanted to get into. I’d borrow @eyeGifted's camera from time to time to get more familiar with the mechanics. I didn’t realize the many intricate layers that came with photography. I Finally got my own camera and invested more time into crafting my skill. Most of my early learning was self taught through trial and error. Every experience was a fundamental lesson. I knew if I wanted to really be taken serious to call myself a photographer I had to really invest in myself and perfect the quality of my work.
I had to put myself in the uncomfortable positions to build my focus and skill. I enjoyed event photography and creating memories. I freelanced a lot just to build my knowledge and portfolio and also to develop a reputation for myself. I came across a flyer for a local organization in the area I lived in (Chester, PA). @TheMissingPlug who at the time was working with local talent, the group did media and press coverage for different artist and events around the tristate area and also hosted their own events. The flyer was asking for help from dedicated individuals to join the team and help build the brand. I saw this as a great opportunity to gain the experience I felt like I lacked at the time. through them I was able to push myself and gain the necessary experience and skills I needed to build my photography portfolio. I stayed focused through every experience and kept developing while networking.
I never expected that stumbling across a digital camera would've had this much of an effect on my life. I had many ups and downs but I never let go of what I felt was important for me to progress. I am truly grateful for all the opportunities and people I've met along the way. The people I've worked with trusted my process and growth. Every opportunity gave me a new goal to I strived for. I’ve worked with many Brands, Designers, Fashion Models, and Event Planners like StarMixers Bartending School, Milano Di Rouge's luxury clothing line, Dope Shows Concerts , and Boone Premier Real Estate agency just to name a few organizations I've worked with.