I was inspired recently to reflect on my growth in photography and to look back on pictures I took when first starting out. It’s hard to know how far you’ve come without looking back on where you started. So this morning, I did just that.
I first started taking pictures with a good friend and former colleague back in 2014. She approached me after work one day and said, “Are you artistic? You seem like you may be.” At that time, I enjoyed playing around with my silhouette machine and had been teaching myself to sew, so I responded with, “Yes, I like to think of myself as artistic.” She then asked if I would come along and assist her with a wedding she was shooting that weekend. Now, I mainly helped carry around the gear and kept her company, but I did snap a few photos (with her setting the camera up for me). When I got home from that first wedding, I dug out the Canon Rebel I had gotten as a gift. I started playing around with my camera, scouring the internet for tips and tricks, and talking with my friend about photography. I also continued to assist her at weddings, and eventually graduated to becoming a second shooter.
Many people think a photographer is simply someone with a really nice camera (guilty!), but there is so much more to it than that. Over the last few years, I have become to appreciate the true art of photography, as well as all the work that goes into it. I’ve been blessed with the best mentor in the business, as well as have become connected with other photographers across the globe who inspire me and have played a large part in my own personal growth. I have taken classes, joined photography groups, and submitted pictures for critique. Every wedding I have the opportunity to second shoot, I watch and listen closely to soak up every bit of knowledge I can. All of these things have gotten me to where I am today, and will continue to push me further than I could have imagined three years ago.
I hope to one day “pay it forward” by supporting, encouraging, and mentoring other photographers in their journey.
Also- a huge shout out to all my clients. You have played a large role in this photography journey as well, and I thank you for allowing me to be your photographer! <3
Then (Summer 2015)…
And now (Fall 2016)…