How Far I’ve Come – Clean and Bright

How Far I’ve Come – Clean and Bright

Introducing: Bridgette Pence Photography How long have you been in the business? 2 years. Can you tell us about this first picture? This was a photo of my son on a trip to Washington, D.C.  I had just purchased my first camera, Nikon D90, six months earlier and this was when I really started to get interested in photography! Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? Well, as hard as it is to critique a photo of this cute face!, I will say that his face is over-exposed and a little fuzzy.  The image appears very yellow to me, and I know I used some type of filter that no longer aligns with my “clean and bright” style! The composition is a little off to me, too, and I don’t like that I cut off his little hand! Can you tell us about this second picture? This was a family session I did recently!  Sessions with babies are always a little scary for me (I know how unpredictable they are!), so I was very happy with how these turned out!  Isn’t she a doll?! The whole session, I moved quickly and gave breaks to different kids as they got tired.  I feel like I’ve really found a good workflow during my sessions that allows the little ones to rest a little, and all of this keeps the session fun and less stressful for the parents! What is one of the biggest things that contributed to your growth as a Photographer? The internet!  Oh my gosh, I...
How Far I’ve Come – Maternity Portraits

How Far I’ve Come – Maternity Portraits

Introducing: Cat Toft Photography How long have you been in the business? 4 years. Can you tell us about this first picture? This is my best friend circa 2014 in my backyard in Seattle. I had just started my business a year prior and had also just discovered presets. I am sure if I go back to the raw file her skin tone may look better than it does with a bunch of filters thrown on her. Why I chose to put her so far to the left of the image, I don’t know, but it has definitely turned into a style of mine. Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? I would say this picture is out of focus. The composition is off and the rule of thirds is nonexistent. And heavily over-processed with filters. Can you tell us about this second picture? This is a maternity portrait from my most recent maternity session this year (2017). I love to use window light, as I don’t use studio lights for my sessions. I always shoot with the rule of thirds in mind and love to frame my subjects. What is one of the biggest things that contributed to your growth as a Photographer? Practice, practice, practice and more practice. Learning from my peers and mentors and then putting what I have learned into practice, mostly on my children. Shooting my children daily has been the main contribution to my growth I would say. Thank you for sharing, Cat! Beautiful improvement. Want to get published? Do you...
How Far I’ve Come – Dreamy Newborn

How Far I’ve Come – Dreamy Newborn

Introducing: Aly Inspired Photography How long have you been in the business? 4 years. Can you tell us about this first picture? This was my first newborn session. When I decided photography was what I wanted to do with my life, my cousin happened to be pregnant. I drove from Colorado to California with all my gear so I could practice what I had learned online with her new son for the first time. Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? Well. Is it even in focus? Maybe the tip of his nose? I was not a mother at the time and had never really been around a newborn. I wasn’t sure quite how to position him to get the result I envisioned. For this photo I was attempting a “bum up” pose, but I couldn’t quite get it right. His hand is tweaked in a weird way covering part of his sweet face. My lighting is flat and I didn’t even edit the backdrop. Can you tell us about this second picture? 4 years later this is my little girl. Recovering from a c-section (and wild horses) couldn’t stop me from photographing her around day 8. I love this image because she looks so innocent and dreamy. I love my moody dark tones, the shadows and how even a wrapped pose can be curly. What is one of the biggest things that contributed to your growth as a Photographer? A year ago I would have said the countless hours of practice and classes on newborn...
How Far I’ve Come: A Colorado Feel

How Far I’ve Come: A Colorado Feel

Introducing: Sarah Goff Photography How long have you been in the business? 5 years. Can you tell us about this first picture? I had gone out in the winter with some friends for an “engagement” style shoot. If I remember correctly, it was something like 18 degrees that day. Quite miserable for them and me. The image was taken in 2011, on a Canon Rebel camera and kit lens (18-55mm). In the days before I understood anything about composition, lighting, white balance, and posing. Or anything, really. Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? Oh man, where do I begin?! Haha! The first thing I notice about this image is the lack of any perspective or depth of field (separation of subject from background). I was using lower quality lenses and didn’t understand how all the “settings” (ie – aperture, ISO, shutter, etc) played together for a good time. The second thing I notice right away is the awkward, forced posing. The couple was cold, there’s no connection between them, and they were watching their dog tromp through the snow to get those smiles. Their faces are red from the cold, just super awkward all around. Lastly, the trees behind them are at a strange angle (sort of growing out of their heads). Can you tell us about this second picture? This beautiful couple had an elegant afternoon wedding outdoors overlooking the golf course and red rocks in Colorado. Their wedding colors were a beautiful wine burgundy, ivory, and mix of greenery. We went up around some of the...
How Far I’ve Come – Senior Shoot

How Far I’ve Come – Senior Shoot

Introducing: Shana Johnston Photography How long have you been in the business? 3.5 years. Can you tell us about this first picture? My very first senior shoot. Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? Very low quality, not in focus, and the color is bad. Can you tell us about this second picture? This is my most recent senior shoot. What is one of the biggest things that contributed to your growth as a Photographer? I learned how to use my camera correctly and tutorials. Thank you for sharing, Shana! Beautiful improvement. Want to get published? Do you want to be a featured photographer on “How Far I’ve Come” on The Snap Society? Submit...
How Far I’ve Come – Maternity

How Far I’ve Come – Maternity

Introducing: My Unique Birth Story How long have you been in the business? 7 years. Can you tell us about this first picture? My very first maternity session, 7 years ago! Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? Well for starters, the quality is quite low. I used a point and shoot camera, and had no idea how to even attempt manual mode on a DSLR. I had no idea about lighting or how to pose. I also didn’t even own photoshop at the time! Can you tell us about this second picture? A recent maternity session with one of my birth story clients. What is one of the biggest things that contributed to your growth as a Photographer? -Training on how to properly use a DSLR in manual mode. – Photoshop tutorials! – Classes on how to pose. – Lot’s of practice!! Thank you for sharing, Dawn! Beautiful improvement. Want to get published? Do you want to be a featured photographer on “How Far I’ve Come” on The Snap Society? Submit them here!...