SOOOOOO excited to have my blog up (I know, I know…its about time)!
Anyways, I’ve been scratching my head to figure out what my very first blog post should be about and it kind of just fell in my lap. As some of you know, I have been doing this on the side for a few years now, I had gotten REALLY serious about photography within the last couple of years and knew it was what I wanted to do, so I dedicated every waking moment that I wasn’t with my kids or at my full time job into learning EVERYTHING I could and making myself the best I could possibly be. I took classes, workshops, joined forums, researched online ALL night until my eyes bled, shot a hundred million shots of random things in my office to learn lighting, exposure and how to make my work be at the level I wanted it to be. I know now-a-days everyone and their mom are photographers, and I 100% believe that you have to start somewhere, the difference though, between a person who got a fancy camera and a photographer is the passion and drive that it takes to learn all of the ins and outs of this business.
I have had a couple of “hmmmmmmm” moments recently since going full time, that really have made me question whether this was the right thing for me to do or not. I really questioned if people really valued photography and getting their family photos taken. I completely understand not wanting to pay an arm and a leg for anything, trying to find the best value and being conservative with the way you spend your money, but believe me when I tell you, you are getting what you pay for. I know also, that there are people out there that don’t value or care for photography, and have a million other things that they love and that is totally fine as well. But for those of you who do care, if I can give you any advice, it would be not to go with the cheapest photographer you can find that gives you more then any other. Go with quality over quantity and if this is something you want to hang on your wall for years and years go with a photographer whose style you LOVE and who produces noticibly high quality images and not the one who will give you 30 more digital files for way less, because the chances of your regretting having a beautiful image of your family or child over 30 mediocre “meh” images are next to none.
I’m not trying to say “come to me, I’m better than everyone else” all that I’m saying is do your research, find the photographer whose style takes your breath away and save your money or do what you have to to be able to afford that session, you will not regret it, these are timeless heirlooms that you will be looking back at years and years from now. If you can spend thousands of dollars on a TV that won’t be worth anything in 10 years, think about spending way less money on a beautiful family session that you can show your grandchildren, and they can show their grandchildren. Or follow them, and see if they ever offer mini-sessions,
I still feel as though I have so much to learn, I will never be exactly where I want to be and I love it. It keeps me always wanting to be better, always wanting and knowing there is more to learn.
Thank you so much for reading my first blog post!! I hope you got something out of it:).