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Life has an interesting way of telling you that you are meant to do something. I never expected photography to become such a big part of my life. I always had a fascination with cameras when I was growing up, but it never really registered to me that I should pick it up as a hobby until later in life. It didn’t hit me until I was in college, ironically studying for a bachelor's degree in criminal justice with an associate degree in classical guitar. As it turns out I never really used either of those degrees! 


It started when I was working part-time security at the “Superman Building” in Downtown Providence, RI - 111 Westminster Street to be exact. It was a weekend job overseeing the building while it was vacant. One Sunday morning my boss called me and told me a photographer by the name of David Lee Black was going to come by with a model to create some images for a book. I was asked to let them in and tour them around for a while. Seeing as I rarely did anything, but watch movies there, I was excited to have something happen! Sure enough, it was pretty cool watching David work with his model, the light, and the unique features of the Superman Building. I was impressed and inspired, not to mention blown away by the images they created! That was the first time I truly felt inspired to become a photographer and felt the calling. 


The second time occurred when I was in Northern California hiking with several of my friends. A couple of them brought some nice cameras, and the whole trip I couldn’t stop watching them take photos. I also wouldn’t shut up about it. I think I may have made a few too many requests to take a photo of something that did not seem to interest them. I kept thinking about why they wouldn’t want to and then it occurred to me that I should just buy my own! Putting aside the urge I was getting to take my own photos, my friend's images had me in awe! His photos of the Milky Way he took were breathtaking, and the landscapes he captured during the day were sometimes foggy and the colors were limited due to the time of the day and location, but in a good way, I like it! We were hiking The Lost Coast trail along the black sands of Northern California. His images depicted what you wouldn’t typically see at a beach, they were moody and ominous. It was very cool!


After graduating college I purchased a refurbished Sony A6000 as a graduation gift myself. I pretty much swore off photographing people. I said I would never do it and that I only wanted to take photos of landscapes, stars, and nature! Well one day when I was working at what was one of the worst jobs I ever had, a friend came to me and told me she was going to purpose to her girlfriend and needed a photographer. I told her I never actually photographed people before, I had no clue what I was doing. She said it was fine, she just wanted someone there to try! I was pleasantly surprised and said yes, mostly just because she was my friend. Before that day came I studied my ass off learning everything I could about my camera and how to photograph people. I was stupid nervous every day until the event, including during the event. But I did ok! I got some great photos and they loved them! A few things caught me by surprise too! I couldn't believe how much I got into it, how much I felt during that moment, and how I felt when they finally saw their photos! For the first time in my life, I truly found something I enjoyed doing and I was able to make other people happy while doing it. Photography is the most rewarding career I could have ever found. After working in security for 15 years, 8 of which were in healthcare, I finally realized I was pursuing the wrong career and quit my job. Now I own Mark B. Carrier Photography as a legal business! It took me a long time to get here, but I am so glad I did. Now that I’ve told you my story I would love to hear yours!

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