Today we’d like to introduce you to Ayshia Schisel.
Ayshia, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am a Tucson, Arizona based photographer. I have always enjoyed taking pictures ever since I was a little kid. My mother was the one who introduced the wonderful world of photography to me when I was about 12 years old because she saw that flaming passion in my eyes. She would allow me to use her very own Canon EOS Rebel XSi camera so I could experiment with my artistic side. I loved going around my house taking pictures of whatever came across my path.
Whenever I held the camera in my hands, I felt like I was in a different world because it gave me an amazing sense of freedom. I felt freedom the most when I sat on top of the roof of my old house, and watched the sunset. I remember making it a goal of mine to take as many pictures of nature, so I could show the ones who are unable to go outside to imagine themselves being there.
To this day, I explain to others that one of the main reasons why I do photography is because it’s a way for people to see a different side of the world through my eyes. It’s true when people say practice makes perfect. It takes so much effort, time and patience to achieve a goal. It took me multiple steps to get to where I am now with photography, and I am not ashamed to admit that.
My first big step was when I was 14 years old. I was involved in doing sports, such as longboarding and swimming. So I came to terms that I needed to purchase the GoPro HERO3+ Silver Edition to use as a beginners camera. But then I knew that wouldn’t be enough, and I needed to strengthen my hobby some more. At the age of 15, I saved up all of my money and bought myself the Canon Rebel t3i from my friend. That is when I began to become a little more serious about photography.
For years, I surrounded myself with professional photographers, and they taught me how to expand my creativity. With their help, I finally started photography as a profession about one year ago. I have shadowed one photographer in particular, Memories by Monica, LLC, and she has taught me so much about the different types of photography I am capable of shooting.
Especially with my newest gadget, the Canon 6D, all thanks to my boyfriend. Even though it took me multiple steps to get to where I am now, it was all well worth it because I have so much joy in this field, not only as a job but to show others my creative side.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Its well-known photography is an expensive skill to have, so I can definitely say that has been a struggle of mine for the past several years. The competition in this field is quite challenging, and people tend to choose photographers that have a unique ability to capture memories.
I am also young, so most don’t take me very seriously due to my age. I constantly have to remind myself that no one is never too old or too young to embrace a talent. Despite all of the challenges I have faced, I allow them to strengthen me so I can do better at what I do.
Please tell us about Travelwithmephotography.
Photography is a way for me to capture memories, emotions, and stories for my clients. I specialize in different styles of photography, but I have a passion for landscape photography. Even though Arizona has a lot of opportunities for me as a photographer, I have always wanted to expand my horizons.
My passion for landscape photography grew strong in my heart, and that helped me as a young world traveler. The photographs I take show the experiences I have in life, the beauty I see, and what adventures I have accomplished.
That is how I help everyone to envision themselves there with me, so they can better understand why I do photography. I have trained myself to have a different eye for each area I keep up within my profession, to show people what I’m capable of.
My mission is to promote the positivity in my work and to show others that I am passionate about snapping meaningful and unforgettable moments.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have changed the fact that there was nothing wrong with the weaknesses I had, because they were able to be turned into a strength if I continued to work at it. In the past, I always compared my work to others, and it made me feel less or uncreative.
I realized later on that everybody is different in their own unique way. I wish back then I understood that piece of advice and applied it in my photography. I would have had more confidence in myself, and that confidence would have helped me to see that being different is not something to be afraid of.
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