We all start somewhere. We all pick up a camera one day, take one picture that we think is absolutely amazing...And it begins. I remember that moment for me. I was taking pictures of my friends back when I was about 13 years old. I took A picture (in auto mode on my mom's fancy camera) that I thought was perfect. The way the light hit her eyes...And her hair...I was blown away that I was capable of taking such a pretty photo! That was the moment that my life changed.
Now I look back at that picture, and I laugh because it is far from perfect! But in my own eyes, at that time, I saw a work of art. And that is what got me to work toward my dream of becoming a young professional photographer.
It all officially started when I went to a local photographer I looked up to so much (shoutout to Tara Pugmire) , and took a small group class from her to learn the basics of shooting manual, and learn to look at photoshop not as a control system for running a space ship (because it seriously looks like that when you get on the first time), and start to learn how to use it to enhance my photos instead of using all those funky online editors...We have all been there..am I right? ;)
So there were many months of practice and trial and error...unfocused pictures...Blurry pictures...overexposed images...Heck...a lot of years like that! But I'm finally to a point where I am confident in my skills and my work. I still have a long way to go. But we all do with anything in life. And in life, I believe in helping others out the way Tara helped me. Especially when it comes to the things I am most passionate about. She helped give me a boost that I needed to be able to find myself in this photo world.
My goal with you, is to help you learn more about everything photography. Whether you are brand new to the photo world, or have been in it for years and need some inspiration or guidance to keep going and keep improving. I will be the first to say, that I am not all about "you must have this lens!" or "you must have this camera!" because honestly... you don't! Photography isn't all about how many thousands of dollar lenses you have! But it's about what you can create with what you have!
I started out using a Canon Rebel t2i. Great great camera to learn on! And to be honest, it was only a few years ago that I finally upgraded to a Canon 5D Mark iii. No one would have ever known I was shooting on a "lower capability" camera. And if I wanted to shoot inside my house, I would gather lamps and aim them the directions I wanted them to be able to get a studio look without expensive lighting! No one would be able to tell the difference. Now I have studio lights and love them! But its not something you NEED to have to be able to create a beautiful photo.
I have seen tons of people with the most expensive camera's on the market...coming out with photos that could have been taken on an old flip phone and looked better. I'm a firm believer in a good photo is because of your good knowledge. And not because of your gear. Certain "gear" will all the sudden make you good. It all depends on what your goal with photography is, and how invested into learning you are.
So, my goal, is for you to get to know your camera, to get to know what you want to shoot, and break down any questions you may have. Before a mentor session, I have you come up with 10-20 questions/specific topics you want me to talk to you about. I will make sure to touch on each one to the best of my knowledge with my experience.