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But I never set out to be a photographer. I was (and still am!) going to be a writer. And then as I worked toward that writing goal, someone put a camera in my hand and asked me to try telling stories with something besides words. So with an English nerd's love for character and tone, a romantic's love for poignant beauty, and a realist's love for imperfection, I dove in.

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That was back in 2010.

Since that time, photography has changed much of my life. It's brought me some of my dearest friends. It's reshaped the way my husband Danny and I view serving others. It has even literally taken me around the world. One thing that hasn't changed: my soul-stirring desire to tell stories that feel so real you're sure you knew them before you heard them. Or saw them. It's my privilege to tell those stories for my clients, and for the generations of their families still to come.

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My Unlikely Journey Into Photography

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Last spring, I shared the story behind Legacy Portraits. But the story of how I became a photographer in the first place? That’s a story I’ve told over and over — but I’m honestly not sure if I’ve ever written it down. So here goes!
laura-yang-photography-daytona-beach-photographerMy photography story starts in college, with a few flashbacks to my early childhood. See, I’d known from about age five that I wanted to be a writer. That’s right, a writer, not a photographer. Come college, I decided to major in English and minor in creative writing, and, what the heck, I would take a few journalism classes, too. When I was 20, my journalism professor introduced me to one of the editors at my local newspaper, and my time as a freelance reporter officially began.

A couple years later, I was still doing stories for the paper as I finished up my bachelor degree, turning in one or two human-interest pieces each week. (I always tell people, “‘Human-interest pieces’ means I was covering pickle-eating contests. Literally.”) The paper was facing some budget cuts, so they asked me to start shooting my own pictures to accompany my stories. This, despite the fact that I only owned a point-and-shoot camera and had no photography know-how. But I started shooting. It was my first paid photography gig! And at that point, I was pretty terrible.

2016-12-07_0002Gradually though, I realized I was enjoying the photography aspect of my work as much or more than interviewing people and writing copy. I was also getting a little more creative behind the camera. I still only had that little point-and-shoot, but soon I got my first DSLR. That was right around the time the newspaper was sold, my editor moved to another section of the paper, and a new editor came in to run my section. Long story short, she and I had some pretty major “creative differences” — and since I knew the future I wanted wasn’t with a newspaper anyway, I decided it was time to move on. That was when I first ventured to say out loud what I’d been thinking for a while. So one day I told Danny, “I think I want to be a photographer.

And he said, “Let’s do it.”daytona-beach-photographer

The rest, as they say, is history. Six years’ worth of history at this point . . . and a story (or twenty!) for another time.

~ Laura

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