I’ve received a lot of emails asking tips and questioning how I got started in this crazy photography world. I figured maybe doing a blog post on it atleast all the information is in one spot and maybe somewhat organized (ha!). By writing this I hope you understand that I have SOOOO much more to learn, and I by no means think I’m “accomplished” or that I should be dishing out information or anything like that. I’m SO excited for all that I have to learn, I’m a total workshop junkie I can’t get enough!!! But, I wouldn’t be in this spot and wouldn’t even know where to learn it if it weren’t for some people helping me along the way so I want to pay it forward to you. Think of it as a contained rambling of my LOVE for this field! Photography is an ever-growing field and there’s so many photographers out there. Super-overwhelming and kind of makes me sweat thinking about it. BUT you know what?? There’s a reason you jumped into this field and a reason your interested so stick to your thoughts and your beliefs and your OWN ideas and good things will come.
To start off I got my first DSLR a Nikon D90 a few months after my son was born and purchased a 50mm 1.4g lens thanks to information from Sarah Hill (sarah-bethphotography). She could’ve told me to purchase a 10-1000mm 1.0g and I would’ve been googling for weeks ;). I wanted to take better pictures of my own family and had always been interested in photography, but only had point and shoots before. From there I shot in Auto or Aperture priority mode until I started dabbling in manual mode. I had no idea what I was doing, sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. I then signed up for Sara-beth photography’s mom’s with cameras to learn about shooting in manual mode. The things I learned clicked with the things that weren’t working before. Needless to say I had MANY a-ha moments! I then purchased “Understanding Exposure” by Bryan Peterson to read at work, since I couldn’t take pictures at work I might as well get some more insight on my camera. It helped me alot also. No books, no charts, no googling will outweigh practicing. Practicing in different lights, angles, clouds, times of day is so important. I remember shooting my first “shoot” with a friends little girl at noon because I figured that was the *best* prime lighting hahahaha I learned from that! You learn backlighting, you learn shadows, you learn what times are best. Spending TONS of money on a new amazing camera that you can only work in auto mode isn’t the best way to learn. Yes I’d love a D4, but the D700 is plenty of yummy goodness for me right now :). I purchased the D700 once I learned all the ins and outs of the D90, I learned that I wanted a full-frame I knew I was pushing some of the ISO capabilities, but in reality the D90 helped me learn so many basics and helped me learn to find great light! Some of my all-time favorite pictures were taken with my D90 so don’t think you need to go out at spend thousands.
I’ve learned so much from my fellow Indy photogs and I can’t even begin to thank them. I guess I can’t express how important having a support system is also. Start following local photographers, sign up to be a “helper”, sign up to be a prop holder, baby soother, door opener, poop wiper. Believe me, you will learn! Yes you may not get paid, but the info you will learn will become invaluable! From how to soothe a newborn to how to interact with clients, making them feel comfortable, being behind the scenes can be so very important.
With the internet there’s so many websites, forums, and chats all related to photography. Start following photographers that jump out at you on facebook. Some that I love are Wildflowers, Three Nails, Kelsey Anderson, Jen Carver, & Crave Photography. A lot of blogs & facebook pages have SUCH valuable information. Clickinmoms, Pure photoshop actions, Evoking you, The Maternal Lens, florabella, oh so posh, pioneer woman, coffeeshop blog all have links & sometimes even have videos showing exactly what to do in photoshop.
Lastly, be true to yourself. There’s so much drama that I see on facebook and even receive in my inbox. People hounding other photographers for info, clients, details. Be yourself. Be inspired by other photographers, don’t copy. Do what makes you happy! Your unique and that’s what your clients want!
I hope this helps!!
PS thanks to pinterest and evoking you for these cute quotes I loved!!