This week I have my last official day as a NAIT student and the reality of being done post-secondary is starting to sink in. The past two years have been a complete roller coaster of emotions. When I got accepted into NAIT it was just under 2 weeks before the program was supposed to start and I was almost certain that I wasn't going to get in. I was working at my maintenance job when I got the phone call saying that I was accepted and I literally danced around the job site with excitement. Fast forward 2 weeks and I'm sitting in studio H12 with twenty-something other students, super nervous and awkward. I remember introducing myself to the class "My name is Kelsey, Im from Fort Saskatchewan and I'm looking forward to learning about photography and making some new friends."
In the first semester I had a lot of self doubt, I knew next to nothing about photography and felt like everyone else was miles ahead of me. I learned to stop comparing myself to my classmates and to start paying attention to my own personal growth. I discovered my weaknesses and my strengths and a whole lot about my stress tolerance level. The next three semesters seemed to just fly by, but not without a few bumps in the road. We had tons of assignments, and there were times when I just wanted to throw in the towel, call it quits and go back to my crappy labour job. The support from my classmates, family and friends kept me going and pushed me to be a better person and photographer.
I feel that I have grown so much in the past two years not only as a photographer but as a person. This program has pushed me out of my comfort zones multiple times and forced me to become more confident and comfortable with who I am and what I do. I still have a lot of growing to do, but my time in the Photographic Technology Program has given me a solid push in the right direction.
I have made some amazing friends at NAIT and I am still trying to figure out how I am going to manage not seeing them every day. I am extremely grateful for the support from my fellow students and instructors.
My experience at NAIT has been absolutely unforgettable and I am so thankful for all the people who have encouraged me and helped me out in every way possible during my journey.
Class of 2014
Photos courtesy of: Shaun Scade
This past weekend I had the privilege to photograph Rewind's first performance at Gateway Entertainment Centre. Rewind is an Edmonton based cover band that provides exceptional live entertainment. They did an amazing job covering hits from many decades and genres. I loved the energy from this band and they looked like they were having a blast. They will be preforming at the Run Wild Marathon in St. Albert on May 4th as well as at the Taste of Edmonton in July, so be sure to check them out! Click this link to their website for more info. http://www.rewindtheband.ca
Over the past few years I have acquired a rather large number playlists that I listen to while I'm editing photos, blogging and doing my paperwork. I listen to many different genres and have a playlist for pretty much every type of music. Lately I have been listening to a bunch of music by Daughter. I'm in love with the vocals and pretty much everything else about them. Some of the other songs and artists that are in my playlists were found on songza and youtube. I spend way more time then I probably should on youtube looking at different artists that I have never heard of before and going through their music.
Below are some of the top songs on my editing playlist right now.
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