My last post was cleansing ... pun intended. Today, I decided to talk about something more joyful.
I finally got my friend and her baby's daddy to agree to let me shoot some photos over the weekend. They are both busier than me so I'm glad we were able to carve an hour out to meet at the park for a quick photo session.
I was so nervous. I'm not a professional photographer and don't pretend to be but I do love photography and learning about my camera. Anyone who will sit still long enough for me to capture them is a hero in my book.
The timing was hard because we met during full sunlight (5:00pm) and although light is everything in photography, too much of it is hard to work with. I got 70 photos and although there are better, more focused ones than this, the pose is what I think got the most likes out of the 40-some I posted. Matt is adorable and although I love all the pics that show his face, this image shows his personality more than any of the others, me thinks. At first, I felt a little frustrated that he wasn't looking at me when I started shooting but when I got home and saw this image on the screen, I realized that I have to step out of the way and let the picture be. This pose was her idea and it worked. He adores her and their baby, who is due to arrive in July.
I posted the pics on FB and was thrilled at the comments people left for her. Her sister (a professional photographer) asked me to take their family pics when they visit this summer. What an honor! Another friend said she's going to call to ask me to do their family pictures. I couldn't be happier about that.
Learning to get comfortable taking people pictures is where I am at right now. My step daughter is a pro photographer and when I asked her how she got into it, she said, "just like you are doing right now .... practice with your friends".
I've been asked to be the photographer at a friend's wedding in mid-June. I am nervous as hell but I said YES! The wedding is at 2pm so I'm going to need all the practice I can get between now and then with outdoor lighting.
Do you have a craft you are getting better at? What do you do to push past your fears? Leave me a comment. I love hearing from you!