For years Andrea has dreamt of being a photographer. She has this amazing ability to see things differently than you and I. Where we would see a flower she sees the depth and pattern in the flower petal or the different pigment colors within the leaf. She will photograph a man working in 2016 and can distress the picture to look like it was shot in the 50’s. After a photo shoot she will work on edits most times until the next morning without any sleep. She is that passionate about her craft.
What most people didn’t know is for years she was doing ALL of her photography with a point and shoot camera. Yes, a point and shoot and she was perfectly fine with her point and shoot….but I saw her come alive every time she picked up that camera. She couldn’t wait to photograph something, anything. It’s a type of excitement that can best be described as being on a natural high. She carried that little camera everywhere. It was always in her purse or handbag. Like American Express, she NEVER left home without it.
One Christmas I decided to up the ante on her camera game. I researched and talked to people and chose a Canon DSLR kit that came with a lens and few other gadgets. I couldn’t just give her that and be done with it. NOOOO, I had to do a gag gift to go along with it. I went to the local pawn shop and picked up a cheap antiquated point and shoot and wrapped it up. Just before Christmas, as luck would have it, her point and shoot stopped working and she was bummed. She was going to miss taking pictures on Christmas. I told her I wanted to give her the presents first. “We’ll use the camera phones. Open this one first.” I held up my phone as she opened the gag gift. I was expecting her to laugh but she didn’t. She looked at me and that SPARK was back. She was so happy to have that point and shoot. She starts taking pictures and laughing her ass off. It was like watching Syd open a present. She was so caught up with the point and shoot that she didn’t even pay attention to the BIG present. If you know Andrea you know she is not materialistic at all. You can buy her a Snickers candy bar for Christmas and she will be very happy.
I say to her, “Babe, you have another one to open.” She looks at the box and says, “What is this?” As she pulls the wrapping off of the box she still can’t see what it is because of the cardboard container. She pops the cardboard box open and see’s the smaller Canon box holding the body. She sits there for a moment looking at the Canon box in confusion. She looks at me and then it sinks in. She pulls the camera out of the box and holds it like a baby. She quietly says, “You hear me. You know me. No one has EVER heard my dreams, understood my passion. Thank you Baby.” I help her pull the rest of the parts out and she starts playing with the camera. She is beyond excited!!!!
What I didn’t know at the time was what the one camera would do for Andrea. You’ve heard the term “Wake the sleeping Giant”? Well that’s what the camera did. Andrea immersed herself in photography. She was on YouTube University watching and learning all she could. Every day I would hear something about an F this and asspeture that. I thought she was cursing. There were books and magazines. She would carry that camera around and photograph anything and everything. She did pro bono events, church events, birthday parties etc. THEN she picked up editing software. OMG, she learned to tweak pictures and make them better. She took a booger out of someone’s nose, NO LIE.
One day, not to long after she got the camera she says, “I need a better one. This one is good but….” and then something about asspertures and F this again. So she buys another camera and it just blossoms. She has lights, cameras, umbrellas. Who the hell uses umbrellas except in the rain??? Then the calls start coming. Can you shoot this? Can you shoot that? Would you do my wedding, my party, my event etc? It was unbelievably wonderful. One camera turned a dream into reality. Andrea has become a serious photographer. I think she is more an artist than photographer because she can create pieces that belong in museums.
I listen to Joel Osteen almost every morning on the way to work. I once heard him say, “Get out of your comfort zone and take a step of faith. You can’t play it safe and expect to reach your highest potential.” That quote is a very true statement in that we allow things like our jobs, careers; family life to stop us from being all that God wants us to be. I’m not talking from a materialistic ideology. I mean from a biblical perspective. God gave each of us at least ONE gift. Some of us have more than that but we all have at least one. That gift is to be shared with the rest of the world and used to uplift the kingdom.
With that quote I would like to announce on behalf of Andrea that she has opened her studio!!!!! It is called Dre’Michelle Photography Studio located at 1572 HWY 85 N. Suite 210 in Fayetteville, Georgia. The office telephone number is 470-207-1985. Also, her website is now up and running. It is www.dremichellephotography.com I would love for you to go to the site and see some of the awesome pieces she has put together. My favorite picture is where she has the guy looking small holding his wife’s baby belly….HILARIOUS!!!!
On behalf of Andrea, My awesome and amazing wife I welcome you to her next chapter.