Charles Dean Photography's Creation

January 26, 2016  •  1 Comment

Good Day Everyone.

This is the first time that I have ever blogged, so just give me some credit for trying.

This entry is how Charles Dean Photography came to exist.  I just want to give everyone a look into how I got into photography.

When I was twenty, and already married, I wanted to go back to school for photography.  Well, when you're twenty and newly married, funds can be a bit tight to say the least.  So, twenty years later, my wife bought me a Canon 35mm film camera.  I instantly fell in love.  I took so many bad pictures it wasn't funny.  But I learned.  I got better throughout the years, and found that I had a passion for portraits.  I loved capturing the fleeting expressions on someones face and portraying that emotion in my photography.  I had gotten to a point with my photography where I figured I couldn't  go much further unless I had some formal training.  I figured I would go back to school after I retired.  As we all know, things tend to change.

Fast forward seventeen years.  At the age of 53, fed up with my job and the corporate mind set, my wife and I had a long discussion about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.  I decided that I wanted to go back to school and learn photography.  Reeling from my last job of twelve years, and diving into a new venture was stressful to say the least.  I was excited, scared, apprehensive, and had doubts about my decision.  I was accepted to the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, MA. where I spent ten grueling months with the most fantastic people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I was taught the technical, artistic, and business aspects of photography. I had the opportunity of learning from long time, and some renowned professional photographers such as; Gregory Heisler, Richard Barnes, Tony Downer, Kemachat Sirichanvimol, David Turner, Todd Verlander, Derrick Zellmann, Braden Chairman, Michael Zide and many impressive guest speakers.

If not for Hallmark, I would not be the photographer I am today.

As with everything else in life, new ventures are a struggle.  We recently moved to Mount Dora, located in Central Florida, where we now reside permanently.  I registered Charles Dean Photography shortly after settling in our new home.  It has been a struggle being the new photographer in a town consisting of an abundance of photographers.  I am the photographer for our Home Owners Association, an officer/photographer for the local Harley Davidson Chapter and am a member of the Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce.  I'm now working on making 2016 the year that I can begin making a living as a photographer.  

It is my dream, my passion, and my life.  I refuse to give up.  I will make it in this world.


Rick Plavnicky(non-registered)
Y'know, there was one thing I was wondering about that I'd hoped would be answered by this post. Who's Dean?

Late congrats on getting your first blog going (I started five or so personal blogs before one finally caught), and on your (relatively new, I learned from this post) business venture! Glad to have made your acquaintance through LCHOG.
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