We're thrilled to launch our new website this weekend, and I thought that sharing a story about Nicole and how she got started in photography would be a great kickoff.
I remember when Nicole said she wanted to quit at the bank and go to SIAST to take photography. She brought home the information packet. The thing I remember the most about applying to Photography School was how hard it was for students to get in. The program selected 50 applications to participate in the final review process. From this final group of 50, 10 were admitted to the program each year.
As part of the application, Nicole had to submit a portfolio, the script of an interview she did with another photographer and an essay.
She does not know exactly what I'm writing in this blog post, and she will no doubt be a little embarrassed, but what the heck, she can't fire me, I'm her husband...
Her essay was called "Focus on Photography". In one of the paragraph's, Nicole wrote:
Photography has always been an interest of mine. I would go on holidays and take 500 or more pictures and make everyone look at them. I think that I started to take it all more seriously before my own wedding. For some reason, I suddenly realized the impact and emotion that is contained in a photograph. From that moment on, I knew that I would make photography my passion and my profession.
Over the past four years, I have seen Nicole develop in her profession. Her growth as photographer is very impressive, always learning new skills and constantly pushing her creativity. While she has truly developed into a professional, she has never had to make photography her passion.
Another part of the application process was to submit a portfolio. The portfolio had criteria as to how many and what types of photograph's could be shown. These are scanned images of the portfolio that Nicole submitted to SIAST. It is pretty cool to look back on it, and I hope you have fun looking at it.
Thanks to everyone who has hired Nicole Gerhardt Photography. She wrote this mission statement as a photography student in 2009, and wakes up every morning and lives it. I can't wait to see what this blog post looks like in another 4 years!