Introducing: Kelli Lynn Photography

How long have you been in the business?

2.5 years.

Can you tell us about this first picture?

This first picture…oh my goodness! It was taken with my Nikon D90 and I am pretty sure I was shooting in automatic, most definitely not manual! This picture was taken back when I first started taking photos for more than just fun, and it is of a senior who wanted photos taken in her gorgeous prom dress.

Kelli Lynn Photography

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

This photo is over exposed and over edited for sure! The grass was definitely not that color naturally and the sweet girl’s skin was not naturally an under washed cream color, haha. The location and set up isn’t that bad, but going back I would definitely shoot in manual mode and not edit this photo as much.

Can you tell us about this second picture?

This second image was taken back in August actually at the Julie Paisley photography workshop I attended! It was taken with a Nikon D7100 and a 85mm lens. I had grown to really love sunset sessions! I just did a simple, clean edit on this photo. That sun glow is natural!! Since the first photo, I have learned so much about utilizing natural light, posing, and how to do a clean edit. I have really learned how to capture true joy in photos, whether it be a couple or just an individual!

Kelli Lynn Photography

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

One of the biggest thing that helped me grow as a photographer was educating myself. I have read books and watched videos, but attending workshops have been the biggest contribution in my growth as a photographer. Even as recently as August, I attended a Julie Paisley Photography workshop that focused on weddings, and that workshop alone has helped me grow overall in my photography from shooting, to editing, to the business side of things. Seeing my photography continually grow is encouraging. Looking back to where I started and to where I am now shows me that educating myself and practicing is worth while. I am constantly learning and growing in photography, but since that first photo, I have gained more confidence in what I love the most!

Wonderful improvement, Kelli! Your “Now” photo is beautiful and shows so much emotion!

Have you attended any photography workshops that you have found helpful in your journey as a Photographer?

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