Wow! I actually have a website. Growing up I never thought I would actually make a website for my photography. I have always loved taking pictures, but I am my own worst critic. Looking at other photographers in my town alone, I just kept thinking, "You're not as good. Don't embarrass yourself." After MUCH encouragement from my friends and family, here I am. I still feel like I have a long way to go; I will never stop learning and improving. However, I'm proud of myself. Looking back at the first real "photoshoot" I did freshman year of college, and looking at the photos I have taken recently, I can see a huge growth. I use to just be the annoying friend that always had her camera, but after awhile I started to get asked to take pictures for people. It started small, like taking pictures of the plays for my high school and yearbook, and then it grew to taking pictures of my friends. I never really thought that people would take notice of my work. After living with 3 wonderful theatre majors, I ended up taking A LOT of headshots. I would just post them on my facebook, mainly to brag about how beautiful my friends are, and slowly people started asking me to take some of them. I can't tell you how encouraging that was to me.
I love photography, I really really do. Over the past few years, I have been through a lot (which I will get more into later). Through all of it, I have used photography as a way to heal. People ask me if its what I want to do for a living, and honestly no. I hope to one day be a high school art teacher, but I'm never going to quit photography. When my life either flipped upside down, or became too stressful, I would grab a friend and take pictures. It gave me something to focus on other then school, work, grades, my future, etc, and then filled me with joy because I was making someone else happy. So no, I won't make this my career. Instead, it will forever be my escape.
As for who I am- My name is Adrienne Hames, and I am 21 years old. I am currently an art major at Auburn University. I will be graduating in May, and then hopefully moving to the mountains and getting Masters in Art Education. I was born in Boston, MA during one VERY stressful week for my family. My father was doing his post-doc work at MIT (yeah...he's kinda brilliant), and on Monday they told him this work was finished, Tuesday Auburn University called him and offered him a teaching position, and Thursday I was born. The way my family talks about that week is, "Well if that wasn't a sign, I don't know what is". So we packed our bags, and moved to the loveliest village on the plains. I am incredibly grateful for my parents. They are both teachers, dad is a geology professor at Auburn University and mom is an art teacher at a local elementary school, and they don’t stop teaching once they leave the classroom. They have taught me practical things such as how to grill and pour concrete, to life lessons like how to treat someone and how to be a good friend. Most importantly, they have fully supported me through everything. I am so lucky to have parents that never told me what I had to do, but instead always asked me what I WANTED to do. I have had 3 majors at Auburn, and they go from most realistic to least. Nursing, Science Education,....and finally Art. Can you guess which one they were most excited about? It was Art. My parents weren't concerned with what was going to get me a job, or make me the most money. They knew I would have to figure that out on my own. What they were most concerned with was if I was happy. Yes, Art makes me extremely happy. I just finished my first year as an art major, and I can honestly say I have no been this happy in a long time. In addition to being supported in my educational decisions, they also support me in every life decision...regardless of how crazy. Biggest example? The little fur ball in the picture down there. That is the newest addition to the family, Frida (named after Frida Kahlo, the artist). She is a Great Pyrenees, and will be somewhere between 80-100 pounds once she is full grown. I'm extremely obsessed with her, so be prepared to see TONS of blogs with her in it.
I hope to keep this blog up to date with photoshoots I'm doing and what is going on in my life. Thank you for taking the time to read this :)