I don’t have any aspirations to become a professional photographer, but I do enjoy taking nice looking pictures of my girls. I’ve had no real formal training, but over the past two years, I’ve been doing things to become better at this. I’ve been doing things like taking lots of pictures, frequenting awesome forums, and befriending some awesome photographers.
I started on this path I’m on now when my first daughter was three months old, but I didn’t really get serious until I got my DSLR, that happened in 2011.
What inspired me to get better was, in part, embarrassment. I was making her birth announcements. No, not really making them, but I was ordering them through a major online company. I had the wording set and thought it wise that I just include one of the pictures I had taken of her in the first few weeks of her life. The pictures I had were taken of her lying on her changing table with a scarf wrapped around her body for “artistic” effect. Yeah. Please don’t laugh, well. Okay, go head in laugh. It is funny.
So, yeah. I added my picture, checked the preview of my birth announcement, and hit “submit.”
A couple of hours later, I got an email from a designer at that major online company that was to print my birth announcement.
In my response, I apologized and said I would upload another photo.
So, I did that, and got this email back two days later.
Yeah. I know. I was so embarrassed. But rather than crying in a closet about it (which I did do with the first email), I used the experience as a wake up call. I ended up using a professional picture for the birth announcement and began my journey into becoming a better photographer.
In my two years at this I’ve made a lot of mistakes. But, I’ve also learned (and am still learning) a lot, too.
Today, the photos that you see on my blog are a reflection of what I’ve learned.
I’m not a professional, not even close! I’m still learning, but I’m happy of where I’m at and proud of where I’m going.
I’m often asked questions about my photography on this blog, so I thought I’d create a series from lessons learned that I hope to share with newbie, picture taking parents or anyone else who is interested in taking better pictures of children.
In this series, I plan to cover a variety of topics from some of the things I’ve learned these past two years.
I should emphasize that this series is NOT for professional photographers, it’s for people like me when I was starting out. It’s for people who want to easily take great shots of children without having to learn more than they really need to in order to make that happen.
**edited 3/19/2014 with updated pictures.