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January 08, 2016

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A Photographer's Right of Passage

Disclaimer - This is a subject that has been shared among seasoned photographer friends and I thought it'd be fun to share my own journey.  

 

Many moons ago, I worked as a film photographer. I had no idea of the overwhelming possibilities that digital photography had to offer until I was finally convinced by my husband that was the way the future was going. 

The switch was a huge learning curve but it unlocked an insane amount of creative possibilities. So, I began my digital photography journey and stayed in an over-processing state for a good number of years before realizing that less is more and that if there is more, to make it look like less. 

Here are just a few images from my journey and you have permission to laugh at my mishaps and even more so if you can relate. :) 

 

The "Artsy" Tilt - Don't stare too long or you will get a crick in your neck and you notice the nice sepia toning? 

Not only is she about to topple over, the neon hues of over saturating color might be blinding if printed. 

Yes, another tilt, but this one is much better. Are your eyes messing with you? No, the subject is completely out of focus....just look past that minor detail and you can see the beautiful house in the background crystal clear. 

Ohhhhh, selective color. That is all. 

 

My what bright and shiny eyes you have! This was a VERY short-lived post processing phase. 

Faded Color presents some very pale subjects and time to ease off that vignette!

 

Cross Processing, tilt, and heavy vignette. :) 

 

Intense Textures, Overlays, and Photoshoppin'

 

 

 

So there is a bit of the first half of my digital journey, now to show you some recent favorites from this past year to redeem myself. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you have a trend or a certain thing you did in the beginning of your photography journey that makes you chuckle now?


11 Responses

Michelle
Michelle

November 17, 2016

I have all of those too. lol. I hope in 5 more years we look back at today and feel that much better again!

Kendra
Kendra

January 06, 2016

I also appreciated seeing the transition from the beginning to now… I think that as we look back on our humble beginnings, it allows us to really appreciate our growth and development. I think it is important to learn from others, and try out new things. Each stage that you presented went through the phases of what was popular at the time as well, so it is a time capsule of sorts of the development of photography and the things that photographers can do with the new technology. If we don’t try it, how will we know how to find our true “voice” and be able to express yourself as an artist in the way that makes your mark on the world? I think trial and error is a part of every artist’s experience, and I think that sharing stories like this makes newbies feel encouraged… that not everyone is perfect or has developed their artists’ “voice” yet, and that it doesn’t mean you should stop trying. Thanks for sharing!

Tess Davis
Tess Davis

January 05, 2016

What a wonderful post for aspiring photographers! This leaves us with a little hope! You’re images are absolutely beautiful!

Breanne
Breanne

January 05, 2016

Oh this is too familiar! I cringe at many of my earlier photos… Or at least at the post processing! I learned a lot though! Haha :\

Karen
Karen

January 05, 2016

Thanks for sharing on candid women! I enjoyed the journey, brought back a few photo memories of my own!

Arika Reed
Arika Reed

January 05, 2016

Oh man, this made me laugh. Almost ALL your earlier images were exactly what I tinkered with too. Although, gratefully, I entered the scene as selective color was making it’s way out. (That didn’t mean I didn’t have clients request it though, ALL THE TIME!) :)

Tonya Nelson-Moser
Tonya Nelson-Moser

January 04, 2016

I do think that everything has a learning curve – and we never stop learning.
I appreciate seeing someone’s growth as a photographer as a series of photos like this – thank you for being open and brave in the sharing :) I also think that there are trends that just make their way through us all…..you see things like the faded color or the tilt and it seems like a fashion trend sometimes with clients requesting this or that in the editing process. Your work is beautiful and it would be nice to see you continue to grow and impact others. Thanks for sharing

Antonina Dunkin
Antonina Dunkin

January 04, 2016

So glad to have your samples to learn from! Studying your work has been a blessing to quickly fix those beginner flaws :-) absolutely stunning!

Life's Little Reflections
Life's Little Reflections

January 03, 2016

Oh you know it! And probably better than any one else. Hehe. Loved perusing your recap. ♡

Ginger
Ginger

January 03, 2016

Can so relate with all of your early work. I cringe a little but totally know that I learned and found my style from all the selective color, sepia, vignette, tilted and random blurred images. 7 years is a lot of learning.

Brittany
Brittany

January 03, 2016

Thank you for sharing!! Giving me much hope to bettering myself! LOVE LOVE LOVE all of your work! :)

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