Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

I was an art student in college, but my chosen medium - graphic design - was still emerging in the academic world. Therefore in addition to the [very] basic digital design and photography classes available to me, I also had to learn about the more traditional art forms: drawing, painting, pottery, and the ever-exhilarating art history (hello endless slide shows of naked sculptures).

From the archives: 2003 College of Idaho yearbook. I’m rocking my usual ponytail and athletic wear.

From the archives: 2003 College of Idaho yearbook. I’m rocking my usual ponytail and athletic wear.

What I learned during that time is that while I had creative ideas and an eye for composition, I was not a fine arts type of artist. I was drawn to photography, editorial design, and their real world applications.

Though I was mostly focused on graphic design, I loved the human aspect of photography and the emotion that could be conveyed in a photo. During my senior year, I easily blew half of my hard-earned barista wages on darkroom supplies.

My Grandma Ruth in her nursing home bed, photographed with a 35mm film camera and developed in my college darkroom.

My Grandma Ruth in her nursing home bed, photographed with a 35mm film camera and developed in my college darkroom.

After college I focused on learning the business - specifically marketing - side of the arts world through a graduate program at Boston University, then spent the next decade working in various communications-focused roles while building a graphic design business on the side. But I never lost my love of photography.

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So, I’m finally making the leap. As scary as it feels to try something new, it’s even scarier to put it out in the world and say, “hey I think I’m good at this, and you should too,” especially when you don’t yet feel like the real deal. One of my biggest fears in all of this is that I’ll offend my actual photographer friends who have spent years building their craft and their portfolios. They’re the real photographers, right?

Then again they all started somewhere.

When we’re young, it’s expected that we’ll try new things, changes our minds frequently, or go blindly into new endeavors just to see what happens. As adults, there’s an expectation that we’ll zero in on something we’re good at and build a career out of it. Well, I’ve already done all that. And I’m ready to challenge myself and pursue a new passion.

So here I am, starting somewhere. I hope you’ll follow along with me, and maybe even let me take your picture.

Find me on Instagram @ginaborudphoto. And don’t worry, I’m still fulfilling your small business and nonprofit marketing and design needs at Design Scribble.