Meet the Photographer
My name is John Rennie. I began my ascent into the world of photography in 1983, when I was 14 years old and purchased my first Canon SLR. I've always seen the world through a lens and was ambitious to share my vision with others. As early as high school, I took all of the available courses in photography and was rarely seen without my camera in hand. I was the yearbook photographer and shot at all of the sporting events for the high school newspaper. I spent several hours a day in a darkroom for four years straight!
A long time has passed since those high school days. I've spent the last couple decades embracing photography as a hobby. I remember the first time digital camera's came out on the market, the release of Photoshop and all these fine home photo-printers getting better and better. I managed a Kinko's Copies branch back in my early 20's and always kept up with the technological advances in printing. I dedicated several years of self-educating in graphic design and stayed up to date on most of the latest Adobe software. Back then, the market was flooded with graphic designers and my career path took a course change into IT and the health industry.
A few years back my brother took a picture of my cat with a digital Canon Rebel. I could not believe how far along digital cameras came in my absence from the photography world. That was all it took for me to be bitten by the shutter-bug again, and my journey back into the world of photography jump-started into action.
I had an unfair advantage… subject matter!
By this time, I started volunteering at a private sanctuary for exotic animals including wolves, tigers, lions and other big cats. I have always had a love for wildlife and now, I was in a perfect position to meld both of my loves, wildlife and photography.
I shot over seventy-eight THOUSAND pictures my first year back into photography and have spent embarrassing amounts of money in equipment and software! The new skills I learned in the IT community became a huge contribution to the technological advances of the digital photography world. I opened a portrait studio within my first year of picking the camera back up and combined my knowledge of technology and art.
It's difficult for me to explain in words how much I love photography. The challenges, the versatility, the composition and lighting even the long nights spent post editing which I find to be relaxing and exciting at the same time.
I look forward to enjoying this for years to come!