February 21, 2012

GUEST blogger: EMMY MOM

One of the things I enjoy blogging about is photography.  It's amazing how pictures have the ability to transport us to different times and memories.  They are so important!  They are the reason I started my weekly INSTAGRAM wednesday posts.  It's also why I included photography as one of the topics someone could write about when I put out a call for guest posters.

Insert, EMMY MOM.  

Emily is a very talented photographer and I was thrilled when she offered to write about her experiences.  Thanks so much, Emily!

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I am so happy to be guest posting on Emily's blog.  Anyone with a name like Emily has to be awesome right? 

 I am a professional photographer, a very very part-time hardly-works-at-all photographer, but hey it's a start, and really it's perfect for me right now. When I graduated high school my parents said they would buy me any camera I wanted. I looked at all the cameras, the small ones that could almost slide in your pocket (it was film days still they could only be so small) or the big ones that looked like professional cameras. And that is what I wanted. Not really sure why.  I think I thought it would make me look cool.  So I picked the Canon Rebel G-- film camera. I loved the way the pictures looked but I think I mostly kept it safe staying in auto mode. Time passed, digital came around and it was awesome just being able to shoot, but my digital camera was slow and would take a few seconds before you could snap the next shot, which does not work when trying to photograph kids. So my husband and in-laws pooled together and got me a Canon Rebel G Xti- digital.

The first few days I had it I shot over 500 pictures. I was hooked.

(one of those 500 pictures I took that first day)

I went to the library and checked out books. I watched tutorials online.  And finally I started switching the dial over to the M on the camera. There were a lot of flops, a lot of times where I wondered what I was doing.


But the more I shot, the more it clicked and the more I loved it.


Then I offered to take a friends family picture. My heart raced and I shook the first ten minutes of the shoot.  I even "cheated" halfway through the shoot putting in the camera on automatic mode as my nerves won out.


But I kept at it and then I stopped shooting for free and started charging- which in itself felt like a huge leap, saying- yes my work is good enough that you should pay me for it.


But I love it.  When I get out there and engage with the clients, working with the different personalities, the different wants and wishes and when I come back and show them a product that they love and are so happy with, it feels good.


It is why I do it.

And now, with little ones and having recently moved to a new area I have put it on the back burner a bit.  And that is okay as I don't want it to become something I have to do, but always be something that I love to do.

You can find Emily on her blog

 
At her photography website Emily Kathryn Photo  

And on Twitter @Emmymom2

21 comments:

  1. It sounds like you're just on the edge of maybe making a jump back into it in your new city. You're really good, so I know you'll meet with success!

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    1. Thanks, Liz, for your comment. She is really, really good isn't she?!

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  2. Love the pictures! I have always wished I knew more about photography. My pictures always turn out so lame!!

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    1. I wish I was more talented in the photography arena too. Thanks for your comment!

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  3. You have def. picked a winner with your guest post!! I love Emily from Emmy Mom and her pictures are always awesome!! She can get amazing pictures just by using her cell phone and her instagram pictures always look like a professional took them!! I wish I could do that!! Great post!!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. And, I agree, Emily is really talented for sure!

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  4. Emmy is an awesome photographer! She has taught me some neat tricks. Now I want a better camera. hehehe.

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    1. You can get some pretty good shots with little ol point and shoot cameras. :). At least that is what I tell myself because I don't have a fancy camera.

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  5. Thanks everyone for the nice comments!! And thank you Emily for having me today :)

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for sharing my blog on your blog!

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  6. I always wanted a big, fancy camera. Some day I'll have one.

    These are some really fun and beautiful shots.

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  7. Emmy...you make me feel like I could do this too! I could check out books and watch tutorials. I still have a tutorial that you did on your blog a while back. I took a one day class last year and LOVED it. I have a smaller version of a fancy camera but I'm hoping for an SLR in the near future!!!

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    1. You totally could do it! You just have to love it, want it and work hard.

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  8. You are an amazing photographer Emmy. I always love looking at your photos.

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  9. Love Emmy's pictures!! There were a couple of new ones I hadn't seen before.

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  10. What a sweet entry! Loved the pics... :)

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  11. Just when I think I've come to terms with my crummy camera I read this! I loved your photos! You're so talented!!! Those newborn shots are so precious. I like how they pooled together to get your camera. Hmmmm...

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    1. Yes, get ideas, get sneaky ideas :). Especially while your kids are young a good camera is wonderful

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  12. Beautiful photography. My husband got me a digital SLR for my birthday a couple of years ago and I love it. Photography is so much fun!

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