Why Am I A Photographer?

I will freely admit, I didn’t always want to be a photographer. First it was a ballerina, then a singer, and then an actress. Even though I would have definitely enjoyed being all those things, I have known that I have wanted to be a photographer for 6 years.

Our house looks over my Nanna and Granddad’s house. When I was about 14 years old, my granddad was diagnosed bowel cancer and had to go to hospital for surgery. When the day came, it was during a February half term, I was at home and as I looked out the window over at my grandparent’s house, I noticed something spectacular. There was a rainbow but because I was at that exact place, it appeared to be coming out of their chimney. To me at that time, it was really special. Having a rainbow over their house at that moment was beautiful. So I found my small compact camera that mum and dad had bought me for my birthday and I took the picture…


It’s not the best picture in the world but it still means a lot to me and from that moment onwards I knew that taking pictures was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Capturing moments by being at the exact time and place and getting it just right. After my Granddad came out of hospital, I showed him the picture and he was very pleased. He loved photography and always encouraged me to follow my goals.

After learning the art and science of photography and practising many different genres, I realised I am better at photographing people. I discovered I am able to capture people’s emotions a lot better than perhaps landscapes.

I can safely say I have never looked back. I got through my GCSE’s, A-Levels and different jobs with the vision of being full time photographer. Ever since that moment I stuck my head out of that window, I knew that taking pictures was what I was called to do. I also want to make my granddad proud. He gave me advice on capturing my first wedding, putting my first album together, and he constantly inspired me to do better. Unfortunately, Granddad passed away this past August and but I will always remember him for helping me become the photographer I am today.



Published by megthorntonphoto

I am primarily a wedding photographer. However, I shoot events and commercial products.

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