two families

sweeties

Let me start by saying the photo shoot yesterday was awesome. Brandy and Beth Anne are both smart, gorgeous and fun women with great kids and amazing husbands. Really, I could go on but I don’t want it to sound fake with all the gushing. I was honored to spend time with both their families. They were so generous to give up a Sunday morning to let me “build my portfolio”.

I got some of my favorite shots ever in the history.

Brandy and her two hotties.

Beth Anne and her two hotties.

I’m really happy with a handful of the photos. But considering I took over 700, a handful isn’t that many. I glanced at most of them yesterday after I got home and as usual I get that dreaded feeling of I wish I could do better. I couldn’t even sleep last night thinking of all the shots I didn’t get or the shots I did get that were out of focus, or heads were cut off, etc. It didn’t help that the park we went to was lousy with families getting their pictures taken by actual professionals with big heavy equipment and assistants. I’ll say it, I was intimidated!

I’ve started reading a lot of photographer’s blogs lately and it’s actually encouraging. If you go back into deep archives of someone whose style you really admire, many times you can see the style emerging. Like, five years ago they were good, and now they’re great. So there’s that.

But then you come across the random blog post from someone you’ve been reading and admiring, and they say how stupid it is to go to school for photography. Here I am going to school for photography next year! I cannot linger on these things. I will not use blog space to rationalize why I should go to school (but I’ve done it plenty in my own head).

I don’t feel cocky or anything by saying that I think I’m actually good at taking pictures. After all I really love my handful from yesterday and I think the families will love them, too. That’s what matters.

Go ahead and judge for yourself! Just kidding, but you can see more of the pictures of Beth Anne’s family here, and Brandy’s family here.

2 thoughts on “two families

  1. Those photos are great and I am sure those actual professionals had a lot of shots that they will not be able to use. Do you mind me asking – what camera are you using? Do you just bring the camera? Any other special equipment? I ask because I need to do our family portrait – the photo studio pictures came back yesterday and they were dreadful :( Totally unusable and we have one month until Christmas. And they were “professional” photographers.

  2. Hey I’m friends with Brandy so of course I have seen this post! Anyway I just launched my own photography business this year and I think those feelings are all completely normal. I walk away from some shoots (usually the 18-30 month olds) and feel like I have no idea why people would pay me and then I walk away from some feeling like I am a freaking amazing photographer.

    Anyhoo… wanted to say two things.

    1. Photography is a journey and every person is going to walk their own path along it, so don’t let lameass websites get to you.

    2. Every experience, good and bad, is a learning experience. The more you photograph strangers and people of all types, the more you will learn and the better you will be!

    You should be amazingly proud of those photos!

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