After a few months of attending Hallmark, I finally visited Greg Heisler in his office for the first time. I looked around at his photography and the only thing I said was, " Wow. When I grow up, I want to be just like you".
We both laughed, but I wasn't kidding. Attending Hallmark has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I have had the opportunity to be taught by, and work with, some of the best photographers. I have had the opportunity and pleasure of working with the greatest group of young students who are bright, passionate, imaginative, and driven to succeed. They have taught me a great deal and hopefully I have had some influence on them as well.
Hallmark is not a school for the weak of heart. Hallmark will teach you, push you, drive you down and build you up. You will laugh, you will cry, you will be frustrated, and you will succeed, if this is what you truly want.
Last year, I had decided to pursue my passion for photography as a second career and to turn my life in a new direction. After a lot of self-doubt and soul searching throughout these past ten months, I now know that I have made the right decision. I now have the knowledge, skills and confidence to become a successful photographer. I have made friendships and professional contacts that will last a lifetime. I may never be a Greg Heisler, but what the hell. Why not shoot for the stars.
I cannot thank all the instructors enough for their support, encouragement and their undying dedication to teaching. And a big thank you to all my fellow classmates who accepted me into their lives, and to those who helped me succeed in my new quest.
Thank you to all.