Living Magazine in The Woodlands, Texas, has a coveted “Best of” vote each and every year. In early July, I received an email stating that I had received the honor of “Best Photographer of 2014″ in the latest vote. “WHHHHAAAAATTTTT????” “No way!” “Woah!” “I HAVE THE BEST CLIENTS IN THE WORLD!” Yep, those and a few others absolutely popped right out of my smiling mouth!
I am sure you have heard glorious tales of photographers receiving their grandpa’s old camera and being smitten by a young age with the art of photography. Well, that is not my story….mine is WAY less sentimental and dramatic. I bought my first DSLR camera in the cafeteria while awaiting my son’s second grade program 5 years ago.
While I sat there, in great anticipation for the performance to start, I noticed that we were one of the only sets of parents in the place with the $100 Kodak special. Yep, it was even a Black Friday special, at that. I had never been one to have a camera at the ready, but I suppose trying to fit in was something that I valued at that time (it thankfully was a very short, passing phase). We were in a new house, a new area and I was bewitched with needing one of those “fancy cameras”, too. I got that first Rebel XSi and proudly shot it on Auto anytime that I remembered to take it with me. Ooops….my pictures were still few and far between and I was not impressed with this “fancy” new camera. It would take pictures with missed focus, it would not have the yummy bokeh in the background of the images that made me drool with joy and that darn pop-up flash was going off at crazy times….what was I doing wrong? 100% USER ERROR.
That right there got my wheels turning….I wanted more out of my images. I found what I was looking for through tens of thousands of shutter clicks in self-practice, months to years on end (haven’t slowed) of self teaching via the web, some fabulous paid educators and hundreds of forum posts to professionals that were willing to share information to help others like me. I do not want to short-change the mountains of pro-active, tireless effort that I have put into learning WAY BEFORE becoming a professional photographer, but this post is just a bit of how things all got started for me. In fact, one of my greatest tips is DO NOT GO PRO until you can 100% guarantee expected results every time and be a legitimate business in the eyes of the state. The business end of things is ABSOLUTELY the hardest part of any of this….who knew when all I wanted to do was hang out with cool people, take pictures and edit.
Thank you to my incredible, faithful clients…you make this girl a happy one….for you are truly my greatest blessing in all of this. I am eternally impacted and blessed by getting to capture a glimpse of your beauty and love at each and every session.