Wednesday, December 26, 2012

North Texas Photographer: Highlights for the year 2012

Hello friends and fans! I hope you all had a great Christmas! I know I sure did! In between the opening presents, playing with the kids and enjoying the snow, I just finished editing my 3rd to the last wedding for 2012. Yes, I only have 2 more to go and I will be done!!! You all have no idea how exciting that is for me!

For those who don't know my background, or have just started following me, I've been photographing since 2010, and as crazy as it sounds, I've been photographing weddings only a month after purchasing my first SLR camera. I work as an accountant during the day, and I have 2 small children under the age of 5, so you can imagine how extremely busy I can get. I got into photography because I wanted to take great pictures of my daughter- until it just became a passion. Prior to learning, I had no other creative outlet, and I didn't know how to express my appreciation for the arts. Since then, I've been pouring my heart into learning and doing my best to get better everyday.

I started 2012 not knowing what I would do. I had my 2nd child in November 2011, and with my career as an accountant in question, I didn't really know what path to take. I wasn't sure if I wanted to photograph weddings again, or just do sessions. So, I did a combination of both. I made new friends, learned new techniques in Photoshop, lighting, backlighting, HDR, OCF and I put my name out there. And in the process, I've landed 3 destination weddings (with one for 2013), photographed a Fine Art photographer's wedding, and discovered my intense passion for newborn photography.

Don't get me wrong- I love weddings, but weddings are hard work. You have to know your stuff as a wedding photographer. And you get to deal with so many types of personalities. Sometimes it comes down to how good your customer service skills are. But I will say this: 2012 has brought me so many challenges that I had to face that I feel very confident walking into any situation. I've experienced having to shoot in pitch dark conditions, switching from direct sunlight to shade within seconds, and having to shoot during direct sunlight as well. I've learned how to make the most out of 5 minutes of shooting time for the bride and groom and finally, shoot a very modest wedding.

I welcome 2013 with more sessions, maybe a little less weddings until my children are a little older. That doesn't mean that I won't accept any....but if you knew me, just watch me get bored by April and start booking again (ha ha).

2012 has been very satisfyingly busy for me, and I am very grateful to those who helped me by modelling for me- including all the moms of the babies I photographed. And I am also thankful to everyone who had shared any insights, lessons, tips that I found very useful. This post is for all of you.

And now, I present the highlights of 2012. Here's to more learning, and more great experiences in the new year! Happy new year to everyone!






1 comment:

  1. Oh.. so cute. The baby picture is awesome. How did you get her to pose like this.. truly a master piece.