INTRODUCING: Christy C. Photography

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE BUSINESS?

2 years in September

CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THIS FIRST PICTURE?

This was one of my very first images I ever took with my first camera (a crop sensor). I was SO EXCITED to get to photograph someone. This girls LOVES to get her picture taken. So, I guess (by the looks of this picture) I figured, “Well, she loves to be in front of the camera. So, I don’t really have to do anything and she’ll look great!” I plastered this picture EVERYWHERE! Yes, even Facebook ads (yikes!). THIS is what I had advertised as the face of my business….

NOW THAT YOU ARE MORE EXPERIENCED, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS FIRST PICTURE, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS WRONG WITH IT?

I wanted a back-lit picture. You know, that beautiful, glowing light that makes your clients appear angelic? Well, I had WAAAY too much light entering my lens. I know I had a lens hood, but I probably didn’t even realize that I should have gotten it out of my bag. This resulted in a hazy, fuzzy, completely out-of-focus image. Not to mention, look at my subject! She’s literally just standing there, doing absolutely nothing with her feet or hands. And, although her smile is beautiful, there is not life behind her expression.

CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THIS SECOND PICTURE?

This is the same girl! THE SAME! I just took this picture this past weekend. Every single thing I did to create this image was intentional. I found the exact area that I wanted to have her stand. A place where the light looked soft AND where I could use some nearby trees to shield my lens to avoid the haze. I got down on the ground on the same level as her, and directed every single part of her pose (feet, legs, hands, and the head tilt). I literally squealed when I looked at the back of my camera – which boosted her confidence in herself AND me, and made her want to give me even more oomph.

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WHAT IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS THAT CONTRIBUTED TO YOUR GROWTH AS A PHOTOGRAPHER?

Between my starting point and now, I’ve invested a lot of time into my education: courses, blog posts, email subscriptions, Facebook groups, etc. But, the most important thing I’ve learned so far? Do not be afraid to SLOW DOWN during a session so that you can be an intentional photographer with EVERYTHING that you do. I used to feel like I needed to have my clients moving around constantly, and that if I stood still myself for more than 5 seconds, they would think I wouldn’t know what I was doing. That was so far from reality for me. When I make myself slow down and think through everything that plays a part into an image that I’m proud of (the light, location, posing, and energy I’m putting into the client’s own confidence), that is when I end up with galleries that I can’t stop working on. When I have so many images to deliver, that it’s a struggle to narrow them down. When I rush and don’t stay focused, I walk about with so much less.

Thank you for sharing, Christy! Beautiful improvement.

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