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!...
How Far I’ve Come

How Far I’ve Come

Introducing: Suzanne Krull Photography How long have you been in the business? Just over 7 years. Can you tell us about this first picture? This was one of my very first newborn “sessions”.  My neighbor was so sweet to ask me to photograph their new baby. Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? Where should I start?  The backdrop is not pulled tight, and the blanket that I chose had a sheen and way too much texture.  Also, the surface that the baby is laying on is not nearly firm enough.  Notice how she is sinking in which hides her little feet?  I didn’t really know how to pose babies so I just sort of laid her down on her tummy.  I should have brought her hand up under her cheek and stacked her feet under her bottom.  The light source was a window that was directly in front of her so it’s very flat.  The whole setup should have been angled 45 degrees to give some natural shadows.  Don’t even get me started on the editing.  HA!  So much needed to be done to even out her skin tones for a soft dreamy feel. Can you tell us about this second picture? This is from a recent newborn session.  Over the past year, I have really developed my style.  I love the simplicity and classic feel of white with newborns.  In this image you’re drawn in to baby’s sweet lips and lashes. She is posed in a way that looks natural and cuddly. It...
How Far I’ve Come – Texas Bluebonnets

How Far I’ve Come – Texas Bluebonnets

Introducing: Stephanie Bumgarner Photography How long have you been in the business? 7 years. Can you tell us about this first picture? This was the first bluebonnet portrait session I captured of my two kiddos in 2010. Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? I was super big on “crooked” composition, aimless really. I had no idea about back-focusing and many of the areas are out of focus. I have lots of hot spots I wasn’t sure how to get rid of (I used to photograph in the middle of the day- high sun!) The contrast is also really intense… I have a much more delicate and fresh style now. Sheesh…it’s fun to look back on the growth that has occurred. Can you tell us about this second picture? I captured this photo in the Texas bluebonnets on March 26, 2017 of my two kiddos…. 7 years later…. What is one of the biggest things that contributed to your growth as a Photographer? Persistence and relentless training. Anytime I learned a new skill, I immediately would implement them in my photography. I also read a MILLION (not really…but a LOT) of blogs and tutorials along the way. Investing in new equipment as much as I could each time I had a surplus of income. Thank you for sharing, Stephanie! Beautiful improvement. Want to get published? Do you want to see your pictures featured on “How Far I’ve Come” on The Snap Society? Submit...
How Far I’ve Come – Photography Inspiration

How Far I’ve Come – Photography Inspiration

Introducing: HUSH pictures How long have you been in the business? 2 years. Can you tell us about this first picture? When I come back to this picture, it’s not only the composition and the technical side that gets me but also it brings this feeling of sadness that such a lovely moment of a tiny baby peacefully sleeping didn’t get it’s justice in the photograph. Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? The framing and the angle is bad, the source of light was behind the baby girl’s head, that’s why we have those shadows on her face and under her and nose. I don’t even want to mention the crinkly duvet and the off white balance! The whole picture feels heavy and not thought through at all. Can you tell us about this second picture? This is a photograph of my last photo shoot. An amazing family, whole shoot has been a easy flow of fun and play, and I let the magic unfold before my lens. What is one of the biggest things that contributed to your growth as a Photographer? The more you shoot, the more you know where you are and where you want to be. Learn from your mistakes – don’t make them bring you down! Take a lesson and start again. Over and over and repeat. Read, look, watch, photography inspiration is around everywhere. Thank you for sharing, Agi! Beautiful improvement. Do you want to see your pictures featured on “How Far I’ve Come” on The Snap Society? Submit...