Introducing: Photography by Mariah

How long have you been in the business?

3 years.

Can you tell us about this first picture?

I had just made my way to Target to purchase what felt like the largest purchase of my life–a DSLR kit! I was determined to be a photographer. So I grabbed my youngest sister and made her take pictures on the hottest day of the year in the pasture in front of my parent’s house.


Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it?

Would you look at all of that saturation? The blown out sky that I tried to make look like it wasn’t? The white dress that clearly is no longer white? Man, I’m pretty sure I thought ALL of the editing sliders were made to crank up as far as they would go! Not to mention, I shot in the middle of the sunniest day of the year in an open field.

Can you tell us about this second picture?

Thank heavens for some shade! The sun was actually in pretty full force when I took this photo too (not by choice), but we found a nice shady spot on the trail. I did NOT jack up all of the sliders in Lightroom, but instead, tried to make sure that I got the white balance and settings right in camera first, so editing would be minimum after the fact.

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What is one of the biggest things that contributed to your growth as a photographer? 

Practice, reading, and YOUTUBE! I’ve never taken a single photography class because I simply didn’t have room in my schedule. I’m a school teacher, and when I took classes for my Bachelors and Masters, there simply was no space for it, so I just started reading. Even now, any down time I have, I am on my phone reading blogs, reviews, or watching videos on YouTube. I watch a new tutorial video every day on my phone while on my treadmill!

Besides all of the technicalities, I am driven by the world of art. As an English major, I started in the creative world by becoming a writer. I then discovered that photographs are poems in themselves. They tell the stories of people’s lives. They turn people and their emotions into great works of art. They drive out the happiness in people’s lives even amongst the frustration and chaos of getting ready and picking out clothes for sessions or making children behave for a shoot. In the end, people see the beauty within their own lives. Photographs are “soul catchers” like that. They capture the happiness within.

Thank you for sharing, Mariah! Beautiful improvement.

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