Well, it's been one year.
One year since I moved into this studio.
One year since I started this particular journey.
One year since the photography portion of my heart began to bloom.
This has been a year full of ups and downs, a year full of learning, and a year of humility.
(sick of hearing "year" yet?)
I have shot well over 60 studio sessions, numerous outdoor sessions and several weddings and folks, I sure ain't done yet!
I have learned so much about the biz, life as a photographer and about myself.
Here is some insight into the mind of this photographer (and possibly most photographers)
- I see the world in pictures
- Everyday life, every scenario, driving down the road, sitting on the couch, whatever I am doing my mind automatically thinks "how could I make what I am seeing an amazing photo?" or "that would be an awesome place to take pictures"
- Nature maybe the most inspirational for me, the design of trees, the colors of wildflowers, anything.
- I am never satisfied with just one shot
- I take waaaay too many pictures of one thing. This is both good and bad.
- I need to be 'cut off' at a certain point or would continue to shoot all day.
- I will do the silliest things to get 'the shot'
- I see a rainbow and hike way out in a soaking wet farm field
- I see a tree and trudge in the snowy mud in my slippers
- Take my kids out in a blizzard because it's just so pretty
- Oh boy, the things I do to get kids to laugh
- I have very few photos of myself
- My kids are starting to hate me
- ok maybe not hate me, but I definitely hear a little grumble at even the mention of taking pictures of them
- My days off I still take pictures and I stay up till the wee hours of the morning watching photography videos
- A little piece of me dies every time I snap a picture with my phone
- I desperately want to have my camera at my side every second of the day
- Spend hours at work and I feel like I just got there, time really does fly when you're having fun
- I have to realize I cannot please everyone
- Trust me, I truly wish that I could-I'm a people pleaser
- I can't book every single night and weekend. (I have a family too)
- Unfortunately, I need to charge for my services. I have bills, I have spent a lot of time and money learning specific skills, and honestly how many services do you really think you can just get for free or discounted?
- I absolutely love what I do. I still catch myself smiling when I walk into the studio, basically out of disbelief that I am living my dream.
This list could go on and on.
I realize to have a long way to go and so much to learn yet, just try and stop me ;-).