Today I’ve ben spring cleaning my blog and organizing categories and I decided to take a trip down memory lane and check out my old posts from when I first started my business. It’s crazy to think I’ve been taking pictures for 4 years now. The families and couples I’ve met through the years have all been amazing and I’m friends with so many of my clients to this day. I’m so grateful that I had clients who believed in me when I first started out. I was still learning my camera and how to run a business. I thought buying a “nice” camera meant that I would be amazing and take amazing pictures like I saw online on other photographer’s blogs. Boy was I wrong!!!! It’s so much harder than it looks. After all the countless hours of blog reading and tutorial watching I feel confident in my equipment and abilities to do a job well done. I’m still nervous at EVERY session I shoot, whether it’s a senior session or wedding. That’s a good thing though, trust me. It means that I care about my clients and that I want the very best for them.
I’ve come a long way in terms of finding the light and knowing how the sun works and effects portraits. The list of things I wish I knew back then that I know now is LONG but I wouldn’t change any of it for a minute. It’s how you grow as an individual and as a business owner. You have to just take it one day at at a time and learn as you go. For all you new photographers out there, keep going. If you haven’t found your editing style yet, you will. If you know don’t how to shoot manually well yet, you will soon… I promise. Just believe in yourself and you’ll find clients who’ll believe in you too.
I thought it would be fun to show you a picture from one of my first weddings I ever shot. It was Alex and Kellie’s wedding and I still love their pictures today. But notice how I made them face the sun. Great photo but they’re squinty and I wish I would have known more about how to move them around the sun. You can read their full blog post here.
And here’s another sneak peak of Drew and Hannah’s wedding that I’ll be blogging on Friday. The light was beautiful this past weekend. They’re in the shade because we took their pics around noon (the worst time of day for pics). We were able to find the best spot for pics that wasn’t making them squinty. Light over location is always key.
Hope you all are enjoying your week. It’s Hump Day so we’re not too far away from the weekend! Yay!