In total, there are eight of us in my immediate family. My parents, my four sisters, and my brother and myself. My parents are originally from the country of El Salvador. They both immigrated to the States in 1986 and earned their citizenship in 1988. Although it was a very tough and long process, they managed to pull it off with flying colors. From 1990 to 2000, my parents had brought six children to this world. We've been living in Lancaster, PA since 1999.
This is me and my siblings. Don't we look like an awesome bunch!
For the past four years, I have been participating in track and field and cross country. For both high school, J.P. McCaskey High School, and colleges, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and CalU. Every year since I started has been a new experience. First year in high school was the basics, really just learning to run. As I grew though, I learned more and more of how to be a strong, efficient runner. My first college taught me how to race really. Now, here at CalU, I've learned lessons I couldn't learn on my own. Things like what kind of foods to eat, what kind of mileage I should be running, how to examine myself while I'm running. All that and I'm still learning something everyday. Running will definitely be one of those things that I'm going to keep trying to do until I can't anymore.
Running being my number one passion right now, I can't do it all the time. So I found something else that I really got into trying to perfect. You guessed it! Photography. The main reason I love photography is because of how fast time goes by. It so quick you miss so much with the blink of an eye. Photography is the perfect way to stop time and look back at what happened in the past. My favorite ways to do that is through sports photography and portrait photography.
When an athlete is in mid-run during a race, mid-swing during a homerun hit, mid-stroke when surfacing to get some air in the water, mid-way through anything they're competing in, you can see all the raw emotion they're going through because all of that hard work from hours, days, weeks, months, YEARS all finally came together to get them to succeed. Or even sometimes fail due to lack of hard. That all happens within fractions of a second, and if there isn't anybody to takes those photos, nobody outside the sport can really understand.
I have no real reason for loving portrait photography. I just think it's a ton of fun to have people dress up and take funny looking photos.