I’ve been blogging for all of you for a few weeks now. Giving you my best advice and Tips for your photography. I hope that it has been helping. I usually try to keep things non-personal and just keep giving you as much information as I can but today, I thought I’d take this opportunity to tell you guys a little bit about me. This way you have a better understanding about the person behind the writing.
First of all, I am 34 years old. I’m engaged to a wonderful man, Freddie, who I love more than anything. We have two children. Camron, who is about to be 7, and Savannah, who is 8 months old. When I met Freddie, Camron was 3 years old. He and Camron hit it off right away and Freddie has helped me raise him ever since. He’s the only father Camron has ever known.
Our daughter was born January of this year (2016). After she was born I wanted to get her pictures done. By the time I got around to finding someone she was already almost a month old. I researched the best photographers in my area and they were so expensive. (At least at the time I thought so). A friend at the time offered to do them. She did them with her cell phone and they were not the best. So I decided to try it myself. I did the same thing, grabbed my cell and a pretty blanket and just started taking pictures. Of course, they were horrible. But it was all i had to work with at the time. Take a look..
I started to become obsessed with learning how to take good pictures. I really enjoyed doing her 1st-month photo shoot and wanted to keep doing it. It was like this amazing thing that I had discovered. Photography. I can’t even explain it, but it just took over. I have been going through a lot the past year and suddenly I had something to keep my mind off things, and it was something I actually loved. I had no idea.
I started getting on youtube and devouring all the information I could. I watched videos, read articles, joined photography groups on facebook. Anything I could get my hands on to help me learn. I only had my cell phone at the time, so I begged my sister to let me borrow her Canon point and shoot. It was something to start with. I went to parks and just took pictures of everything and tried to figure out how to make them better. I bought the Lightroom and photoshop subscription and started to learn how to edit. But my photos were still horrible. So I saved up some money and bought my DSLR. A Nikon D5300. I couldn’t put it down.
Every month my daughter kept growing and I kept on doing her monthly photo shoots, and every month I could see a huge improvement. Eventually, I started asking friends and neighbors to let me photograph them. Slowly people started noticing that my pictures were getting better. I created my own facebook group and I met some AMAZING photographers there and they have helped me so much.
I sat down and talked to my fiance and decided that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I wanted to go full speed ahead and start my business. I built my facebook page, started to spread the word that I wanted to do some shoots for free to build my portfolio and just kept at it.
Now I have a website and a few photos to show off but I am still learning and I don’t think there will ever be a time in my life that I can say I’ve learned it all. Photography is one of those things that you just never stop learning.I knew in my gut that I could do this and I was going to do it.
Of course, there are always people that bring you down. You beg and plead with your friends and your family to help you get the word out, to share your stuff, to comment on your website, but no one does. There are a select few that have stood by me and believed in me. My number one fan is my Fiance. He has been so supportive and believed in me from the moment I told him I wanted to do this. He’s been encouraging and understanding. I’ve had people say that I’m just a mom with a camera. I’ve had people in my own family, Aunts and uncles say that I would never make it, I would never go anywhere and they don’t even know why I’m trying. I’ve had people say my work is crap.
But I’ve also had people stand by me and encourage me and tell me what a great job I’m doing, how far I’ve come, how much of an improvement I’ve made. I don’t let the negativity bring me down, I use it as motivation to prove everyone wrong. And I will prove them all wrong. And, the one’s who believe in me and have stood by me, I refuse to let them down. I’m 34 years old and I feel like I have FINALLY found what I was meant to do. I won’t give up.
Here is some of my latest stuff and Savannah’s 8-month shoot.
I still have a lot to learn and a long way to go, but I’ve always come very far from where I was 8 Months ago.
The reason I’m sharing this with all of you is because I want to encourage YOU not to give up on your dreams. Whether it’s photography or something completely different. Don’t let the negative people get to you. Just keep your head up and keep moving forward. The most famous and successful people have failed more than once before they got to where they are now. Everyone started at the bottom and worked their way up. The difference between the ones who make it and the ones who don’t is perseverance. DON’T GIVE UP! No matter how many times you’re told NO, no matter how many people say you suck, or you’ll never become anything, just keep pushing through. You WILL make it. You will have to work HARD, There will be many sleepless nights and exhausting days. There are nights that I don’t go to bed until after 1am so I can get some work done for my business. Then I have to turn around and wake up at 5am for my normal Job. It’s hard work and it’s exhausting but it’s worth it.
I still have a LONG way to go, but I refuse to give up. I hope that you won’t either.