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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