First Time For Everything

May 14, 2017  •  1 Comment

I was told a while ago that I should have a blog but never got around to it. To be honest with you, I thought to myself, is anyone even going to read it? Would I be wasting my time? Well, here I am, writing my first blog ever. To be clear, I am not a writer. Just keep that in mind while you’re reading these because it’s almost a guarantee that there are going to be punctuation and grammar errors. I’m just sayin’.


I guess I’ll start off by saying, welcome! My name is Heather and I became interested in photography in 1996. I was a junior in high school, taking my first of two photography classes. Those were the days! I was introduced to the wonderful world of black and white photography, learned how to develop film and print my own pictures in a darkroom. It was so much fun! My senior year I even won a writing award for a piece I wrote on how to develop film. To this day, I still can’t believe that. Like I said, I’m not a writer. Anyway. I was using my dad’s Minolta 35mm, that was older than me. I had so much fun with it. My dad has always been into photography and I think that’s where I get it from.


When I was young, maybe 9 or 10, we went on a family vacation to Maine. It was the greatest family vacation we ever went on. One that I will never forget! The things that stick out most in my mind are picking wild blueberries, eating a ginormous lobster, the little biting black flies, seeing George H. W. Bush fishing, seeing the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, hiking part of the Appalachian Trail, seeing moose, and Acadia National Park. That was nearly 30 years ago, and I can still vividly remember how amazing all of it was. I think Acadia made the biggest impact on me. Perhaps it was the beauty of the park, or the sign next to a ladder on a mountain that said something like, “People have died trying to climb this mountain…” I remember asking my parents why anyone would still want to climb it, knowing that people have died trying. Now that I am older, I know why. Adventure, duh! It may have also made an impact on me because my dad had me and my brother stand at the edge of a cliff for a picture. I remember being nervous but we don’t look terrified.


I have loved the outdoors for as long as I can remember. I’ve spent most of my life playing outdoors, between family vacations, my grandpa taking us hiking and camping and now going as an adult. I enjoy it so much. It brings peace to my soul, in this chaotic world we live in. Once the weather starts to get warmer, I know I’ll be itching to go again. Last year I went more than ever. The best time was when I camped for two weeks in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula! I must admit, by the end of the two weeks, I was ready to go back indoors and that’s only because the wind chills were in the 20’s at night. Brrrrrr!


So many stories, so little time! I will try to start telling some of them soon. I have a full-time job and keep myself pretty busy while I’m not there. I post images daily on my Facebook page, so I spend a lot of time on my computer. I’m okay with that though because if I can brighten at least one person's day, it’s all worth it.


Thank you for taking the time to read this! I hope everyone has a blessed day!


brian schaffer(non-registered)
hello Heather, i also love photography and have spent half my life in the U.P. i also started taking photo's back in the late 70's till now. i started out with a canon A1 and took as many photo's as i could, some times i would get 3 to 5 rolls developed a week until i had everyone hiding from me when i entered the room. i also did graphic arts in high school and learned to develop prints but never really got into it. i moved to florida in 2001 and started to venture into sunsets and wildlife, i love the spending time at the eagles nests that i found, with my move from film to digital with my d200 from nikon. i posted a message on your facebook post and hope its ok that i visited your page here... it really is awesome.
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