Earlier this fall I was in Traverse City for the weekend visiting Family. I took the opportunity to spend the morning at the Boardman River, where the Cass Rd Dam used to be. I had recently purchased a new lens (wide angle, Rokinon 24mm f1.4) and was eager to use it. I wandered for a while, looking for that great landscape shot that could express the beauty I saw around me. I did take some wide shots, but after some time, I realized I was missing the beauty, looking for….the beauty!
I am always impressed by those grand, huge landscape photos. And I occasionally get them myself! But what is truly amazing, is the amount of beauty we pass by, while looking for something else. Big picture mentality is good to keep before us, but make sure to look at the little things too.
Last weekend the family and I went up to Traverse City to visit my Parents. I took the opportunity to run into town and do some night photography.
I only spent 4 hours downtown because my foot was hurting (another story), but it was fun none the less.
So why does the guy you know as Levi, now have a website called Levi Hebert Photograph?
I grew up in the Traverse City area of Michigan, spending most of my waking hours outside. The area I had within bike range was mostly swamp to one degree or another. I became interested in photography pretty early in life, starting with a 35mm camera, and then being given a 4.0mp Cannon Powershot for a birthday present. I roamed the woods, swamps, beaches, and streams near my house, taking as many photos as possible.
Fast forward a few years. Ok, more than a few. In my teenage years I upgraded to my first DSLR camera, and started being an “assistant photographer” for some weddings. After a few of these I started doing a few weddings myself. Then life happened, I got married, moved a few times, etc. I still enjoyed photography, but I felt there were so many good photographers around, what did I have to offer?
Jump ahead to more recent years. I work full time in Emergency Response in different roles. Most of these jobs had a good bit of downtime. I have observed that many people in these situations just vegetate on movies / youtube / facebook / etc. Now I like all of the above, but I took a vacation from these and downloaded books, tutorials, classes, lessons, and anything else I could find on my favorite subjects: Photography, Kayaking, Navigation (for kayaking), and Scuba Diving.
I know that not having a degree in Arts or Photography may dissuade some from wishing to entrust their photography to me. I completely understand, but I wish to suggest a close look at my portfolio.
I believe my photography speaks for itself. When I go looking for a photographer to learn from, I look at their portfolio, not their choice of camera, education, or location. The most important part of photography is the photographer’s “eye” This is their ability to look at a subject and choose what details, what framing, and what perspective will best showcase the subject.
What will the future hold? I am not exactly sure. More accurately, I do not have a clue... I do know I love photography, being a Father, Husband and Paramedic. How these will be balanced, and what will be added I am not sure. Photography may stay something done mostly for fun, and a little for hire. Or it may become a full time occupation in itself.
Only time will answer some questions. Such as what the weather will be tomorrow in Michigan. Thank you for taking the time to read my story, and if you wish to stay update as the story unfolds, consider following Levi Hebert Photography.