This is the first time I am blogging. I have always wanted to blog about my hobbies and some of my daily activities using photography. I always postponed it. If you can read this, it means I did not postpone it anymore. I know I got my hands full, well, not really, because there are some gaps between every two fingers that can never be full. This first post is basically about who the heck I am.
I guess by now you know my name, in case you don't, I am Jacob Marfo. I was born in Ghana to a wonderful and loving family. I had my High School education at the prestigious Opoku Ware School. I went to the University for Development Studies-UDS in Tamale-Ghana, for my undergraduate studies. I graduated in 2004 with First Class Hons in BSc Agricultural Technology, Renewable Natural Resources major. I got more than Honours degree from the UDS. It was at UDS that I learnt how to ride bicycle (yup, rode my first bike during university days). Most importantly, that is where I met Rebecca (Becky). More about her later-keep reading. I immigrated to Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada to pursue Master's degree in Forestry and followed up with PhD Forest Sciences.
If you were waiting to know who Rebecca (Becky) is, wait no more. She is my lovely wife. I met her at the University for Development Studies. She is my support. Without her, I think I would have bought every Nikon lens or studio accessory I ever saw (including the useless ones). With her however, I have only what I need for my work.
In addition to photography, I enjoy watching and playing soccer and working with kids. Smile or laughter on the face of an adorable kid brings out the inner joy in me. I do not want to call myself "professional photographer" because I am not. I see myself as "Amateur" level 5, based on the classification system of the ever friendly Ken Rockwell. I do not make my living off photography, though I charge for my photographic services. I read books and watch video tutorials on photography each day to improve my skills. Maybe, one day, I would be an Artist, based on Ken's levels of photographers.
I have one secret to tell you. Don't tell anyone (lol). I am the only kid in my family without baby or toddler or childhood photos. Why? Because as a baby, I was extremely afraid of cameras and cried the heck out of me when I saw any camera-like object (I was told this as I knew almost nothing as a baby). When I grew up a little, my kindergarten teacher told the class "a photographer would come and CAPTURE you after lunch". I was so much afraid of being "CAPTURED" that I sneaked home and changed nursery. I vowed never to be captured by a camera no matter what and so went into hidden when I saw the town's only photographer. Well, now I know what she meant by CAPTURE. I guess that is what happens when newly trained teachers want to use big words on nursery kids.
In future blogs, I will be posting tons of pictures of my clients and the story behind them. Thank you for reading.
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