I began my photography education at Cypress College studying analog photography for one year before moving my education to Fullerton College. Once there, I learned more about film but began working more heavily in the digital realm. Never did it cross my mind that I was an artist until having to talk about my work process in front of my peers and teachers. It was a challenge to publicly speak about the inner most thoughts that created the work, but the constructive feedback from the audience helped me to question and analyze my own work in a different way.
The experience I received from Fullerton College photography department has continued to stay with me as I move forward with my professional photography career. I was encouraged to pursue internships while taking classes, which improved my understanding of various styles of photography as well as discover the type of work I liked and didn’t like to create. Having hands-on studio classes and working with my peers to develop and execute each others ideas, prepared me to be a competent photo assistant and collaboration partner in the real world. I often find myself thinking back to some of the things my instructors would say while I’m on location and in post production.