How Far I’ve Come – Photography Styles

How Far I’ve Come – Photography Styles

Introducing: Aimee Anne Photography How long have you been in the business? 2 years Can you tell us about this first picture? In 2014, I started getting the itch to start photographing more than just my kids; it was like a desire that was buried, coupled with so many people saying, “why don’t you do this professionally?” (The answer was because it was scary as heck and no way was I “good enough”). Winter 2014, before Christmas, I got the idea that I could take my kids, my nieces, and nephews photos as a gift for my in-laws. So, one morning, at about 11am (high, bright sun!) I took the kids out and did a little photo shoot. Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? Ugh! Their skin is like plastic. The white-balance is off. It’s soft. It’s just generally over-processed. I probably applied any available preset! Can you tell us about this second picture? Same group of kids, same idea – a Christmas gift for the in-laws. However, this is three years and thousands and thousands and thousands of shutter clicks later. Countless hours of reading, studying, and practice. That combination has made a world of difference! What is one of the biggest things that contributed to your growth as a photographer?  Practice. Definitely practice. A lot of studying – looking at different photography styles, finding what I like, what I don’t like. Figuring out what I truly wanted my style to be, and continuing to perfect it. My style has changed over the last...
How Far I’ve Come – Photography Community

How Far I’ve Come – Photography Community

Introducing: Blush and Blink Photography How long have you been in the business? 1 year Can you tell us about this first picture? This was a free holiday mini-session I did about a year ago to get my business started. Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? Oh boy. I was in that place of learning manual where I couldn’t remember which way to adjust the shutter speed, or what exactly adjusting ISO actually does – so this whole session is pretty dark and noisy because I didn’t schedule for enough daylight! There was very little effort composition-wise as well. Not to mention the lovely tag sticking out on the left! Luckily, their interaction was so cute that mom loved them anyway! Can you tell us about this second picture? This is one of my most recent sessions with a client that was willing to get creative with me! I was confident with my settings, and shot at several exposures so that I could composite if needed to get the detail in the sky and the subject. I have also started to really establish my editing style recently, so I was not struggling behind the computer for hours upon hours. Hallelujah! I am just so proud of how this whole session came out, and my peers in The Snap Society Community lifted me up even higher when I posted a handful of the final images! I am not only consistently booking clients, but I am creatively fulfilled because I am booking ideal clients! What is one of...
How Far I’ve Come – My Photography Style

How Far I’ve Come – My Photography Style

Introducing: Shalon Blackwell Photography How long have you been in the business? 5 years. Can you tell us about this first picture? This was one of the first senior sessions I ever did. Looking at this photo now, I almost wonder why she even paid me! I have come to the conclusion that the only reason I liked this photo, or thought that it was remotely “good” was because my model is so pretty.   Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? Everything! Except my gorgeous model of course. The fact that she is blurry bugs me so bad, she definitely isn’t in focus, and the more I look at it, nothing really is in focus in this photo! It’s way too edited. I also used the no flash setting when I first started out because it’s the only thing that seemed to work for me, and, I didn’t know how to shoot any other way! Can you tell us about this second picture? This is a portrait of one of my best friends. We have the same style, so we put our heads together and decided we wanted to do a boho style shoot. We went shopping, picked out her outfit, I sent her inspiration photos of what I was looking for, and she came up with this head piece, which she made herself. We live in the country, so we just drove until we found a landscape that we wanted! One of my favorite photos I’ve ever photographed. The colors are perfect, and my model was...
How Far I’ve Come – Studio Lighting

How Far I’ve Come – Studio Lighting

Introducing: Rachael Venema Photography How long have you been in the business? 5 years. Can you tell us about this first picture? This one was my first newborn session in 2012. I knew I loved newborns and wanted to photograph them. A friend let me practice and take some photos of her newborn son. I didn’t realize at that time how much I had to learn about newborn portrait photography. At the time, I thought these had turned out pretty good.   Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? I see so much that could be improved with this photo. The white balance is way off, so the baby looks blue as does the white backdrop. I should have shot at an aperture of F 2.8 instead of an F 4.0, so that the focus would go to the baby’s face and the backdrop would be less in focus. The posing could be so much better, and also the angle in which I took the photo. The lighting is coming from the wrong direction so it does not fall down the baby’s body as it should. My editing needs a bit of work, too. Baby’s skin should have been smoothed a bit, and the skin tone is way off. Can you tell us about this second picture? This newborn photo shows my most recent work in 2017. I’ve now learned studio lighting, so I can control the way my light flows. I also have mentored under another newborn photographer, so I have learned posing techniques...
How Far I’ve Come – Flat Lighting

How Far I’ve Come – Flat Lighting

Introducing: Elise Travis Photography How long have you been in the business? 2.5 years. Can you tell us about this first picture? Oh goodness! This was one of the first newborns I worked with. She was such a sweet, sleepy baby, and I can remember thinking I had totally nailed her session – and this pose. I’m still not sure which pose I was going for! I had converted a part of my dining room into a makeshift studio, and with the help of my husband, built a newborn stand out of PVC. I was ready to take over the newborn photography world!   Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? Aside from the perfect, beautiful baby in this image, there isn’t a whole lot that is right about it! The lighting is flat and one dimensional. The best part of photographing a tiny newborn is capturing the little details of their face, all of which are lost in this image due to the flat lighting. The white balance and skin tone are all over the map, and I committed the sin of limb chopping! I’ve also learned that less is WAY more in terms of using props with newborns. Can you tell us about this second picture? This image was captured on a warm summer evening, just as the sun was beginning to set. This is still to-date one of my favorite images. There is something about the way the little boy is smiling so brightly from his eyes that really draws me into this...
How Far I’ve Come – Capturing the Moments

How Far I’ve Come – Capturing the Moments

Introducing: Jenn Floyd Photography How long have you been in the business? 3 years. Can you tell us about this first picture? This young lady was a student at the school I worked for, and after I took the school portraits, her mom hired me for a session outside of school. She has a diagnoses of mild autism and has a will stronger than most adults I know. I was unaware of just how resistant a child could be. I knew at that point that I needed to step up my game to be successful when capturing the moments of a child.   Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? This image is a perfect example that some children cannot, and should not, be posed. I was still in the frame of mind that direct sunlight was my friend, and still learning the manual camera settings.   Can you tell us about this second picture? This is the same beautiful young lady. Her mom hires me every spring for pictures in the wildflowers. Mom mentioned that she would love to find some sunflowers one year, and this year I did. I have learned that she behaves much better without mom around, so, because mom trusts me, I asked to have her one afternoon and we drove an hour away to the sunflowers, after we stopped at a boutique to purchase the perfect outfits. Over the years, I have become one with my camera, and how to make the sun your friend! Mom said it was the...