Ever had a moment where you took the time to know someone or a story behind a project and your perspective about that individual or project changes? I had a moment like that when reading the story behind the song “Forever” by Nathan Pacheco. For a long time, I found his songs beautiful but once I took the time to read the story behind this song, I developed a personal connection and appreciation for it. As a photographer, it is easy to feel like I am just another photographer among the many others, just like the feeling of "just another song." I began to ask myself, what is my story behind the lens?
The first thing that comes to mind is my hearing loss story, which is a huge part of me. I am also a father, husband and an individual who strives to help others reach their potential. Losing my hearing was devastating but also a huge blessing in my life. Because of that journey, I have been able to meet so many people and learn from each person. Photography became another big part of my life when I was 16 years old. When I lost my hearing, everything was silent and my world consisted of expressions of emotions through sign language.
The first time I took a photo, all I saw was a moment of time and expressions of emotions. At that moment, I knew I wanted to share my perspective through photography. It became a passion of mine. It was never about how much money I can make or how popular I can get, but simply to share my perspective of the world around me. My son, Lucas, is one of my favorite things to photograph. He displays so much emotion and it puts a smile on my face. I also enjoy working with families and individuals to capture moments in their life. Memories are made out of moments in time.
My story behind the lens continues to unfold and expand. When I meet new photographers and organizations, I strive to learn more about their story. I hope we can all learn more about those around us who contribute to the community.