However you heard about my blog whether it be Twitter, Instagram, Google,… who knows, you might be thinking “ugh, another wannabe blogger.” With this blog, that is most definitely not my intent. I am always wondering what others my age are doing in the industry, their techniques, their struggles, and their achievements. I love learning about people’s personal stories as much as I love learning new skills. My goal is to keep up consistent and helpful posts on this blog that really let my viewers see a behind the scenes glimpse of myself, my photography, and all the happenings in between in hopes to help someone learn something from my own journey. This is an industry of continuous trial and error. Everything I know about photography I have learned on my own through the help of other creators floating about the internet. I now want to be that source of available information because I would be nowhere without the generous knowledge of others. With that being said, here’s a little bit about me 😊
My name is Heather Gillich. I am 21 years old and I currently have two years of architecture school remaining upon receiving my bachelor’s degree. Just like it is for almost everyone, high school was pretty ordinary for me. It was a series of attempts to find what truly gave me happiness and fulfillment. I can honestly say I think I tried everything; soccer, softball, tennis, track, tumbling, cheer, dance, literally everything. It wasn’t until the 11th grade I began tapping into my more creative persona. Going into senior year of high school I made the crazy decision to switch from private to public school. Long story short, it was THE BEST decision I have ever made for myself. I was immediately drawn to all the art classes that were now at my disposal and I enrolled in advanced art, my first art class ever. Drawing has always been my first love and I have been drawing as far as I can think back. I had never taken it seriously, however, until this class. Here’s a few of my favorite drawings I’ve done over time.
Fast forward to the end of senior year when it was time to start thinking about college… so fun and not stressful at all! *sarcasm* Well, I had 100% no idea what I wanted to major in or the slightest clue of what school I wanted to enroll to. The only thing I knew was that I wanted to be in a major that I could be creative. After a lot of searching, I came across this little thing called “architecture.” Yeah, I had no idea what I was about to get myself into. When I began to consider architecture seriously as a major, I realized you had to apply to the school of architecture specifically, not just be accepted by the university (standard procedure that younger me knew nothing about!). Of course, I had missed that deadline already by two months! I e-mailed the school and they told me to submit anyways. I completed the writings, drawings, obtained the required references, and applied the school. Shortly after, I was accepted. I’ve never been shy of trying new or difficult things but let me tell you, I heard not one positive thing from anyone when I told them I was going to architecture school. The phrase I got time and time again was “Ohhhh, archi-torture.” But, I went on with my plan and gave it a try. I am so glad I persevered through the initial negativity because architecture school is why I am where I am today both creatively and as a person. I would have NEVER gotten into software or photography without being first introduced to it through school. I have always been a fairly confident person regarding what I can achieve, but going through this major has given me a level of confidence in so many aspects of my life that I would have never imagined having. Despite all the learning curves, software crashes, late nights, random deadlines, and criticism, I am so grateful for what architecture school has done for me as a person.
Now getting into photography, well,… This has only become a significant part of my life within the past four months. Architecture school has taught me to look at my surroundings critically and creatively. Taking photos has been implemented throughout the curriculum, but it was not until this summer that I took it to the next level and began developing my own interests in the field. I have had a DSLR camera since my senior year in high school and I JUST learned how to use it. I was intimidated honestly. I remember looking at the pamphlets in the box for what settings to use and which kit lens to put on the body and getting absolutely nowhere. Again, architecture school gave me the confidence to push myself to learn what I always thought I could not. There was about a two week period this summer that I did absolutely nothing but watch YouTube videos attempting to learn about my camera and how to incorporate software into post-production. When I finally felt like I knew enough to begin, I went out to shoot. This sounds incredibly cheesy, but, when I finally got out to shoot, the world immediately opened up to me like it never had before. I could go wherever I wanted, take photos of whatever I wanted, and represent the world however I saw it. This summer I have learned a lot about myself that I never would have discovered without looking through the viewfinder of the camera. I want nothing more than to pursue this passion anyway I can for as long as I can. What I have learned and proven to myself that I can do in just four months makes me incredibly excited and optimistic for the future.
I wanted this first blog post to give a depiction of who I am as a person and how I got to this point in my life. I hope that after reading this post you have a clear sense of that. I am excited to keep blogging and I have a lot of ideas for upcoming posts that I am so excited about sharing! My goal is to produce one high quality blog post a week among balancing “archi-torture” and all my other classes. So stay tuned and look for announcements on social media because they’re coming and I am looking forward to sharing 😊
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