When I decided to take up photography in 2014, I had no idea what I was doing I purchased a Canon 60D because that is what our honeymoon photographer used during our session and I thought, what a great camera! I can take awesome photos just like her! Don't get me wrong, it was a great starter camera for me, but what I needed to learn was being a professional photographer goes far beyond just having a great camera.
When I get my camera, I felt like I was looking at a NASA spaceship--That sucker was complex! So my next step was to learn how in the world to use it! I lived in Florida at the time and decided to enroll in a photography course at a local college designated to teaching students how to operate a DSLR. Thank goodness for that class and the wonderful teacher, because I wad given the guidance on how to begin my photography journey.
Now it was time to practice! I began setting up free shoots with friends. Once I built up some confidence, I began charging for my photoshoots and throughout the years, I learned TONS about lighting, posing, settings, background, editing and so much more. I have met too many wonderful families to count and many who have been there since the beginning to watch my progression not only as a photographer--Sincerely, thank you!!!
Here are photographs I took in 2014, when I was obsessed with photoshop overlays, clueless about lighting and still learning settings on my camera. These were all free photoshoots of friends and family.You have to start somewhere!
Fast forward to today--2021 was the year I decided to take my photography skills to the next level. I invested in a Canon Mark ii 6D, a 35mm lens, new editing software (Photoshop Lightroom), new scheduling system, recreated my website and signed up for multiple guides from a super successful Photographer that I have known for decades.
Here are some examples of my 2021 photoshoots:
I hope you are able to see the growth and how much practice and dedication pays off! I never stop learning and truly love what I do. I hope to post another blog like this in a future to see how much I continue to grow. I can't thank you all enough for your support throughout my business journey. If you are interested in booking a session with me, please visit my contact page and let's chat!
***I also want to give a shout out to Danielle Blewitt, who has given me the confidence to continue pursing my business goals and provides me with unlimited support on marketing and how to be an all around better photographer. So if you are like me and your goal is to own a successful photography business, you really need to check her out here! She offers tons of free step-by-step guides on how to own and operate a successful photography business. I purchased multiple client guides from her shop which was a huge game changer in my professionalism.