2 years ago today, I had never done a photo session before. My cousin was getting married. I said, ‘Hey if you want I can do your engagements to save you money. I’m sure I can produce one decent picture and that’s all you really need.’ But in my head was thinking yeah they wont ask me too. I was wrong, they said lets do it!…. Gulp, seriously? WHAT? I was so stinkin’ nervous, I looked at Google images for a week straight trying to get inspiration for my first ever photo session. When the day came I just tortured the poor kids. we were out together for 4 HOURS!!!! longest session ever! I wanted to make sure I got good ones, we started way to early and I really did not know as much as I thought I did!
Then to top it off I had NEVER used Photoshop before, I got it for my b-day 3 days before the session so I actually went to my sisters house to use hers. I had a cousin teach me some basics to editing that same week and I was off.
After the session I was in love, within a month I had my first paid job, and started my FB page. Looking back now at these pictures I laugh, I really did not know what I was doing, but I had a confidence in myself that I sometimes lack still today. I have changed so much in a short period of 2 years, even 8 months ago I wasn’t where I am today. I have had some emotional ups and downs, feeling like I would never get where I wanted to be. Comparing myself to other photographers. I finally had to find confidence, not worry about what other photographers were doing, and enjoy the ride. If I can improve this much in 2 years what will 2 more years bring? I am so excited to know my end result, but realize that there will never be an end result, I am in an ongoing journey where the possibilities are endless.
I love photography just as much as I did that first day, I still get nervous for shoots, the good kind of nerves. Just for fun I was able to take my cousins pictures again, 2 years later as a happy anniversary to me present!
Here are some from 2011, my first photo session EVER! what is up with my burnt edge!? I see the potential in some 😉
SO, 2 years later, have I improved. I think so. I am more comfortable in directing people. More confident that I can get the end result I want. Loving my equiptment, enjoying each session, and keeping them WAY shorter than 4 hours, what troupers, It was like being a third wheel on their personal date. I hope that I will do there pictures again to mark another anniversary, maybe get a fat baby in there next time (eh guys?) Here are their recent pictures, 2013