Saturday, May 7, 2011

Long Overdue..

I have been infatuated with photography for quite some time now, but in the past 6 months I have become more serious about it, and seriously wanting to pursue it as a profession. At first I just wanted to learn how to take pretty pictures of Kynlee because I hate most studio photography, and we couldn't afford the photographs I was looking for.

The more I researched nice cameras, and photography tips and ticks I fell even more in love. I love the expression in great pictures, especially of newborns. Finally in November my wonderful husband bought me a camera for my birthday and Christmas. I was so confused at first, and didn't know how to use it. I only shot in automatic mode, and hated the pictures I got at first. Then one day I took a big leap and started shooting only in manual, and that made me learn faster than reading any book.

For months Kynlee was my only subject.

But then one day I decided to go out on a limb and ask a mommy friend that I met through my old roommate if I could take some pictures of her and her baby girl. I was so nervous at first because I hadn't had any other subject than my own girl, and I was worried about how it would go. After we left I couldn't stop talking about how much I loved it. It felt like such a natural thing for me to be doing. I told him if I could really make this happen then I would be so lucky to be doing something that I love for the rest of my life.

Here are a few pictures from my first photo shoot with Keri and her beautiful little girl Natalie. I was surprised at how much my photography has improved since I first had my camera.

I had a mental battle on whether or not to start a Facebook page because I didn't want to face public failure if this whole photography thing didn't work out. But Corey helped push me to do it, and I'm glad he did. In my info I asked anyone if they would like some portraits done for free, so I could build up my portfolio. Within 2 days, I already had 8 jobs lined up! I had to stop advertising free jobs because of it.

My next photo shoot was Kynlee's old babysitter and her husband. She wanted some pictures of the two of them because they never get any done since he's a photographer...yeah, a photographer. I was so nervous. I felt like I wasn't completely myself during that shoot, but I'm pretty proud of the pictures that came from it. Again, here are a few of my favorites.

{My favorite picture I've taken so far}

Tomorrow I'm doing my good friend Brook and her Finance's engagement pictures, which I'm so excited about because I have a lot of fun ideas. Then next weekend I'm doing newborn portraits and baby portraits. This is all so exciting for me, I can't believe this is really happening. I've always had crazy ideas, but this time I'm actually doing it.

I just hope once school is over, or even before then hopefully, I can learn the business side of it. I've already done a little research, and let me tell you, it's so confusing. But if I want it bad enough, then it's going to happen! This is all so expensive too. I'm wanting a new lens, and editing software so I can stop editing with Picnik. It's not cheap, but I'm hoping to have photoshop in the next few weeks. Slowly but surely, I will get everything I need to get it going.

It's nice to have something distracting me from the fact that I should be graduating today. I know it won't be long before I take my walk across the stage, but I'm just ready to be done with school. In the mean time I have something I love doing, and I hope to get even better at it.


  1. You have a natural talent! I wish I had that! It's amazing watching your dream come true, it gives me hope that mine will too! Can't wait for next weekend :-D

  2. Great photos! Little babies on a big chair, so cute!! No wonder everyone rushed for the free sessions.



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