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!
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.
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