How Far I’ve Come – A Better Brand

How Far I’ve Come – A Better Brand

Introducing: Lafotography How long have you been in the business? 5 years. Can you tell us about this first picture? This was my first attempt at Senior Reps two years ago. It was a very overcast and cold day. My girls chose their outfits and hair and makeup, and I was shooting with a Canon Rebel. I had done just a little research, and honestly, was flying by the seat of my pants.   Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? OH MY GOSH! That yellow hue – YUCK – My girls are very overexposed, out of focus, too yellow, and they blend into each other to much with the outfits. Nothing stands out! And my watermark…not so great! Can you tell us about this second picture? This picture was completely styled. I had both girls with a hair and makeup stylist using airbrush makeup for a flawless look. I teamed up with a boutique to have my girls in coordinating outfits, and I was in charge of this session from day ONE!   What is one of the biggest things that contributed to your growth as a Photographer? Upgrading my camera has allowed me more focus and better range of lighting. However, the main thing that has helped, is learning from other Photographers. I have finally (just this year) put myself out there for constructive criticism, asked questions, and INVESTED back into my business! I even have a better brand and watermark, too! Thank you for sharing, Lindsay! Beautiful improvement. Want to get published? Do you want...
How Far I’ve Come – The Challenge

How Far I’ve Come – The Challenge

Introducing: Tiny Bear Photography How long have you been in the business? 4 years. Can you tell us about this first picture? Well, I had honestly no idea what I was doing. He was four weeks old, and the room I formed into my studio was lime green (seriously). So, I had major color casting. He had a rash on his bum, so he was not in the mood to even be touched. I can’t blame him! I thought it was going to be easy, putting babies in baskets, and I was thinking when I first started how easy to pose them. I was wrong.   Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? Everything is wrong with this image. I shot up the nose! Oh my gosh! The hands are not correctly placed, and the basket wasn’t even weighed down! What was I thinking?! The light is way off, the focus is…well…over. There is too much shadow. And honestly that this photo is the only one out of the hour that I had with him that he was sleeping and not screaming. I didn’t even warm the area I photographed him in. FAIL! Can you tell us about this second picture? After I invested in so many workshops and 1:1 mentoring, I learned about lighting, safety, posing, and to not shoot up the nose! I also wasn’t scared of babies anymore. I know that sounds silly, but I literally thought that you can put a baby down to sleep and they just pose. But getting them to...
How Far I’ve Come – Boost in Confidence

How Far I’ve Come – Boost in Confidence

Introducing: Ashley Harrison Photography How long have you been in the business? About 2 years, but I’ve been “doing photography” since high school. Can you tell us about this first picture? Oh boy. This is one of the first newborn sessions I did, about 7 years ago. It was a family member, and I did it on top of a bed, utilizing a boppy, a blanket, and a bed sheet. I had no posing knowledge and really struggled to get her looking comfortable and relaxed. Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? What isn’t wrong with this picture?! For starters, the focus was off! I also didn’t know how to use aperture to my advantage to give me some background blur to hide some of the wrinkles in the sheet. The lighting is flat, and I did very little editing in post processing. The baby doesn’t look comfortable, her face is poorly propped and her fingers and toes are squished. I didn’t know how to shoot at flattering angles, and the baby’s diaper draws my focus away from the subject. Can you tell us about this second picture? Compared to my first image, I think it’s obvious that I have come a long way since my early days! This was from one of my recent newborn sessions. I went into the session with a very clear plan in my mind of what I was going to do and how I was going to do it. It went flawlessly, and I was able to deliver a gorgeous...
How Far I’ve Come – Sunsets and Rich Colors

How Far I’ve Come – Sunsets and Rich Colors

Introducing: Elisabeth Anne Photography How long have you been in the business? 2 years. Can you tell us about this first picture? I was so excited to photograph this gorgeous lady with my Nikon 3100 and kit lens I just had bought. I had very little experience with editing at the time. But, was so excited on how it turned out.     Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? Do you ever see something that makes you want to cringe? Well, this photo does it for me. The camera tilt is the biggest thing that kills me in this photo. What was I thinking? Can you tell us about this second picture? This is the same girl two years later. I have grown an obsession with sunsets and rich colors. I had been dying to shoot a session on the top of this hill, and she was more than happy to take the hike with me. Although it was cold out, she did an amazing job toughing it out.   What is one of the biggest things that contributed to your growth as a Photographer? Online resources. Such as Profitography for learning to grow my business, to extensive research on editing styles. You can learn anything with the right online tools and the motivation to work towards your goals. Thank you for sharing, Elisabeth! 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 – Genuine Smile

How Far I’ve Come – Genuine Smile

Introducing: Carly Mynear Photography How long have you been in the business? 4 years. Can you tell us about this first picture? This session was one of my first ever sessions which was in May of 2013. The adorable little girl was turning one year old and the family wanted some images to celebrate her life thus far. During this time, surprisingly, I thought I was a pretty amazing photographer. I thought photography just came natural to me, and since I had competitors who were intimidated by me by giving me a hard time I thought I must be something special. In reality they were just as new as I was and we all really didn’t know just how much there was to photography.   Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? I find so many errors within this image now, despite how amazing I thought it was back when. I had a very narrow aperture so everything was in focus which takes away from her. It was overcast that day and I faced her completely away from the light which created bad shadows on her face. The angle I am at makes the background very distracting and cuts through the top of her head. I think her feet are too close to the camera which is also distracting to me. Last but not least, my inexperience shows with the post processing of this image. Can you tell us about this second picture? This picture was taken in early spring in California at a local park....
How Far I’ve Come – Winter Senior Session

How Far I’ve Come – Winter Senior Session

Introducing: From Moments to Memories How long have you been in the business? 7 years. Can you tell us about this first picture? This is of my youngest nephew. It was my first senior photo shoot in the summer of 2011. Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? First of all, it was way too sunny/hazy! I should have had a reflector in front of him. Some of the background is blown out and the exposure is not great. The cropping is off, as it crops right at his arm joint. This was edited in Picasa, I didn’t even know what Lightroom or Photoshop was back then. Can you tell us about this second picture? This was a winter senior session I did in February. This is by far my favorite senior shoot I have done, besides my own daughter. The lighting and senior were both gorgeous. The weather was 10 degrees, but you would never know it! What is one of the biggest things that contributed to your growth as a Photographer? I would say just experience in general! I have always been open to trying new and different things. I just kept taking on more and more seniors, and kept getting better and better. I have done many courses online in my “off season,” and just watching and following other senior photographers. Hoping this will be my most successful season yet! Thank you for sharing, Sheila! Beautiful improvement. Want to get published? Do you want to be a featured photographer on “How Far I’ve Come”...