I am 18 years old. I graduated high school from the Buffalo School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, where I learned about culinary, baking, and hospitality practices, as well as photography. I have been interested in photography ever since I was about 8 or 9 years old and I picked up my first camera. I haven’t stopped taking photos since. I received my first real camera in 8th grade. With that Canon camera, I subsequently joined my high school’s yearbook club in my freshman year, which eventually landed me as the yearbook’s Chief Managing Editor and Photographer. I also helped to create and run my school’s social media pages during my junior year. From all the pictures I took at age 8, and the pictures I took when I volunteered my services as a Photographer and Videographer for places like church, my mom’s job, and my high school, I would say that my camera skills have gotten better over the years.
My senior year was probably the best year for me because that was when I got the most recognition, certificates and awards, and opportunities. My senior year was also the best because that is when I joined the CEPA Gallery, which is one of the most amazing things to have ever happened to me that year. I did not know a lot about cameras before, but now I’m more well-versed, all because of the CEPA Gallery. CEPA taught me how to edit my photographs, the processes in the darkroom, and even about the simplicity of a pinhole camera. Learning everything that I learned at the CEPA Gallery has been nothing short of incredible. Since graduating, what I plan to do next in the near future is to go to NCCC for Culinary and Baking, and then go to NU for Business and Hospitality and minor in Photography, and then get a Master’s Degree, to really hone all the skills I need for the future. My lifetime goal is to become a businessman and entrepreneur. I hope to assist myself in this goal by using the photography skills I have attained and will continue to improve upon, to make my own visual marketing so as to be self-sufficient.