Monday, August 30, 2010

Gaining Confidence

Last week, I had the privilege of watching a live stream wedding photography course. It really humbled me, because I know I have so much to learn. I realized, though I am up for the challenge.

One thing that I took away from the course was ways to brand my business. She suggested keeping it real, blog often and blog the little details. She said if we keep it real with our blogs it keeps people commenting and coming back for more. With that being said I want to start with the humble beginnings of my business and take you back to last spring when doors began to open.

Since last spring my photography career has taken off, and it is going to take a few blog entries to get you up to speed. Hopefully it will bring you back and keep you interested in what is going on with me.

Over the last year, I have been keeping up with a few photographers on-line. I would think to myself, I can do that. I would take my kids out for a photo session and figure out how to do what other photographers were doing.

My cousin had seen some of my work and asked if I would take pictures of her girls for Mother's Day. Yes! I was so excited. The session was so much fun, and It gave me some practice and experience. Afterwards, I was so anxious to get home, edit and work on those pictures. I was also anxious to get prints made. I quickly sent them off to a one hour print shop. When I picked them up, the lady behind the counter asked me if I had a print release form. She then asked if I took the photos.

My husband asked me later, why didn't I tell her I was a photographer. I guess I didn't consider myself a professional photographer. Instead, I tried to explain I do have some experience. I have taught high school journalism, I have been a yearbook adviser, etc., etc. She then responded, well you must have a good camera then.

Why couldn't I have taken credit for my talent? I doubted my abilities and still doubt them. Over the next few months doors opened that boosted my confidence and kept me pursuing photography; otherwise, I think I would have lacked confidence on my own.

I hope that you will follow my blog and take this journey with me. Here are a few pictures from that session with my cousin.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

E. J.'s senior session

This is a senior session I did for a student from Life School (where my own kids attend). This session was done this summer in the scorching heat. This guy was such a good sport. At one time he had two or three shirts on and his jacket. Despite the heat, we got some good photos. His mom was happy.

I can't wait until cooler temperatures to shoot some more senior sessions. It is not too early to schedule your senior session for this fall. Contact me to book your session.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Welcome/My Kids

Welcome to my new photography website/blog. I am so excited to show you my latest work. Here you will be able to keep up with pictures of my own kids, my latest sessions, or any packages and specials I am offering.

My own kids seem to be growing at such an incredibly fast rate; my camera can hardly keep up. I am starting with a few pictures of my kids' latest sessions. Abby just turned nine this week. Everett was six in June. And my baby, Anderson, is now 18 months.

Enjoy!! And let me know if there is anything I can do to help you with your photography needs.

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