Today Kelly is sharing her journey with us today! Love being inspired by everyone’s growth!
This was the beginning of my journey. 2009 was just about over when I began. I was eager (over eager if you ask me!) & couldn’t get started fast enough. 2009 (& also 2010!) was rough, but i didn’t realize it…glad I didn’t realize how bad I was or it may have taken away the fun! Obviously I didn’t understand focus (or anything else for that matter).
After I took the image below, I was telling my husband how much I loved it. I said “Don’t you, too?” He said it looked like focus fell on the blanket instead of the eyes. Ha! Good call on that one! I had no clue.
These two pictures mark the VERY FIRST day of using a DSLR. My dad drove by my house & dropped off his Nikon d200 for me to play with because I begged him. I wasn’t shooting on manual. I thought I was amazing. This was November 2009. Shortly after that my sweet dad gave me his d200 for christmas because he saw the joy it brought me. From that moment on I burned the candle at both ends. When i got home from teaching I shot & when my son went to bed I read about photography.
By october 2010 I had taken a couple classes & was shooting manual. Still had so much to learn but was getting more knowledgeable with all the studying I was doing. I shot this picture for the Clickin’ Moms Natural Light Class. At the time it was taught by Beth Ross. I learned to spot meter instead of using matrix. I was learning how to use light better, when to shoot, where to place subjects, etc. taking all the classes was empowering & frustrating all at the same time. I had gotten to the point of my career where I knew enough to know how much more I needed to learn & that made me sad some days. I wanted to excel much faster than I was & I got down on myself. That feeling pushed me to keep challenging myself to learn more though.
I started taking sessions so that I constantly had subjects to practice on. I only worked for friends who I begged to take their picture I didn’t say I was in business & I wasn’t charging. I was portfolio building & getting lots of practice.
I had learned alot in 2010 about shooting in manual & the technical side but desperately needed to learn about photoshop. I took Clickin’ Moms Photoshop 101 early in the year & started learning all that Photoshop is capable of! I read books on skintones & watched tutorials like crazy to try to get a grasp on how to take my images where I wanted them. To this day I still have a lot to figure out about that powerful program! I was trying to train my eye to see color. I was learning all about calibration & all that goes into producing proper color.
In May I took Sarah Wilkerson‘s Rock Your Vision: Composition and Creativity now Shooting 301: Composition and Creativity. I felt like since I was comfortable shooting manual I needed to learn the “rules” of composition & become more creative altogether.
In 2012 I started the year focusing on Kelvin white balance, color adjustments while editing, editing style & getting everything how I want it straight out of the camera. I found my niche as a lifestyle photographer. I’m still taking classes like crazy! This year I bought several break out sessions from Clickin’ Moms & well there’s one more thing…I quit my teaching job! I am now officially a full time photographer. I have put in long hours this year but really enjoy what I do!
With personal pictures I love to be silly & creative. I like using compositions a client might not appreciate. I like experimenting & going out of my “safe” zone while shooting personal pictures. I took this picture for another Sarah Wilkerson class, Shooting 301: Elements of Design. LOVE her classes!!
One of the things I love about photography is that there isn’t really any way you can ever learn everything there is to know…I feel like that allows you to keep that passion burning without getting bored. I have SO many more goals for myself this year: to work on night time photography, shooting in the shadows, etc. I feel thankful to have a job that keeps me excited & motivated.