When people first ask me, "why do you love photography?" A millions thoughts and reasons rush into my brain and want to storm out of my mouth all at once. Although, the real question is "why do I enjoy photographing people and creating images with faces?" Eddy. Eddy Canales is my reasoning, he is my inspiration. He was someone I met in my high school math class, I was a sophomore and he was a senior. He made me laugh, he made my cheeks hurt, he made my sides kill me while there was lecture. I was continuously getting dirty looks from our teacher who were not fond of us sitting behind one another.
He became my best friend that entire sophomore year, which was his last year. We grew close, and he knew me inside and out, my fears, my deepest secrets, my thoughts, my pains, my accomplishments, and everything in between.
He joined the Marines, moved down to San Diego where he was stationed for boot camp. When he would come up he went out of his way to see me every single time, wrote me emails almost daily, texted me daily when he was able to. He held me together when I felt like falling to pieces.
Then one day, he died. A car accident, on base. It was the absolute worst phone call I have ever received in my life, life-altering news. He was gone.
Now Eddy and I never took pictures, strange considering sophomore year was the year I started my photography. We had not ONE single image together. I took some funny pictures of him occasionally with my red slider phone, which of course I never saved the images. This was when people used photobucket to save and share images, and when Myspace was alive and cracking. I had images of him that he sent me, but nothing of us together, sharing a single frame. This broke my heart.
Eddy is my inspiration. My best friend, my guardian Angel. He is the reason why I put my everything into creating the imagery that you see on my page.
I am here to create memories for people, because as we know, we don't live forever and life is a precious thing. I shoot and capture portraits because it is what I love to do. There's that old saying "A picture is worth a thousand words," and it truly is, a million if you ask me. Everyone should have pictures of themselves with loved ones, everyone should have their memories and their beings live past their passings through captured moments.
I am here to create and capture what is worth a million words, and put it into a beautiful image that can live on forever through the days, years, decades, and centuries of time.