Listen. I’m going to go ahead and set your expectations of how this is going to go… I’m not a super gifted writer. In fact, I am so much better at speaking directly to people. I use my hands, weird faces/voices and overly dramatic body language to get my point across; not a keyboard. So! There’s probably going to be bunch of rambling and weird punctuation in the blogs to come. You’re more than welcome to close out of this now. No hard feelings.
Soooo… I guess the best place to start is with a small introduction. My name is Cheyenne Freeman (soon to be Carter * hey ohhhh *!) and I’m 24 years old (pretty much… my birthday is February 20th- cut me some slack). I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2016 with my Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a double minor in Social Work and Religious Studies (my degree can be found framed and preserved in the museum of my spare bedroom closet collecting dust- exciting stuff). I was born in the smaaaaaaaall town of Crossville, TN and now currently reside in Murfreesboro, TN.
A quick synopsis of how I found my way into the photography world.. (if you’ve talked to me in person, you already know this story. Feel free to skim along until you find something remotely interesting in this sea of words). I’ve been intrigued by photography since I was in high school. I took a photography class and admired all the gear and editing software we had access to. Long story short, I had the time for photography but not the money in high school. Fast forward to my college days- I now had the money for photography but not the time. When I graduated college I decided to treat myself ( ps- TREAT YO SELF) and bought my very first camera set! It was a Canon Rebel T5 with 2 lenses that I can’t remember the specs on. Basically, it just grew from there!
I started off just taking photos in nature and getting the feel for my camera. The settings, how to use it, what this button meant.. etc. You get it. I also did a ton of research (and by research I mean I bugged the CRAP out of my photography friend Cassie Gaston asking a million questions). After a while, I started doing some photo session for free to get experience with people. I didn’t completely suck at taking a raw photo…. Editing those photos, however, was a NIGHTMARE. Boy… I was TERRIBLE at it. I’ll be sure to insert some lovely beginner photos for you. (Bonus side note: I also thought shooting in DIRECT SUNLIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY was the correct way to do things… oy. So glad that ship has sailed.)
**Told you it was bad**........... Eventually I started excepting donations, worked my way up to a $50 fee and now I’m making an amazing and humbling living off of it!
I can’t being to express how much the Lord has blessed me with this surprising career. I’ll never regret it, though! It’s not easy and He has taught me SO many life lessons- you’ll hear more about those as the blog actually expands. I do want to give one encouraging word, though. Chase your dreams! Chase your curiosity! Even if you don’t intend for it to go anywhere, never deny a new hobby. You never know what it could turn into.
I know this blog isn’t very meaty but I want to make sure to lay a small foundation to who I am and how I got to where I am…. Baby steps! I didn’t get super good at this over night (bruh, I’m really not super good at it now- 2 years later!) If you’re an aspiring photographer…. DON’T GIVE UP. There were so many times I would scroll through Pinterest and compare myself to other people and get so discouraged. I felt in over my head! But it’s okay! Practice practice practice! Annoy your friends and ask them to do photoshoots with you. Ask random people! People love free… do stiff for free. Definitely don’t expect to rush into this making tons of money. No matter how talented you are, you’ve got to get your name out there.
If there is anyone out there reading this and just starting out your photography journey, don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have! I love to talk to fellow photographers and help each other out. We are a community. (also- don’t be one of those stuck up, “I’m better than everyone else and am not going to offer my advice” photographers… we don’t like or appreciate you.) Have fun with your art! Explore!
I promise the blogs will be more exciting and consistent very soon! I didn’t want to overwhelm with an introduction AND some lengthy life story. Thanks again to everyone for your amazing support!
With much love,
Cheyenne (almost Carter) Freeman
PS- Here's some of my more recent work to readjust your eyes....