It's never too late
Updated: Oct 29, 2019
Every photographer starts somewhere sooner or later. I started sooner and then for some reason waited until later— many years until I got back to photography. I got my first camera when I was 12 years old. Nobody in my family ever thought about taking pictures. And I took pictures, many pictures.... friends, while playing outside, masses of flowers and obscure landscapes, anything I thought to be suitable - no idea about proper light and composition and mostly not very good. And in the late 60ies, photography was still frowned upon as not suitable for a real career. After school and learning a 'real'profession, I worked in the fashion industry for 10 years and finally decided to take my first steps towards photography. I started my career as a photo editor for several publishers in Germany—going through thousands of pictures at a time and training my eyes for composition and light. But I wasn't ready to start my own career as a photographer. It was still only a hobby, envying those amazing landscape and nature photographers for their interesting assignments and expeditions. But I also learned from photographers such as Paul Nicklen, Art Wolfe and other amazing photographers and National Geographic contributors. Resisting the digital age at first and waiting on the fence for what might happen, I finally bought my first digital camera (financed by daddy of course). The development went from myriads of flowers to landscape, animals, architecture, food, and finally I arrived at portrait photography, my real passion. It required a huge personal development, since I was naturally quite shy—not so anymore. With age comes confidence and wisdom, I guess. I dove into innumerable courses and my hands-down favourite teacher is Sue Bryce. I am now well on the way running my successful photo studio and nothing is more gratifying to see the smile on my client's faces when I reveal the results of their photo sessions. It's never too late to follow your dream.