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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?

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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!


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

Tess Davis

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 :\


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


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!) :)

Arika Reed

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