How I got Started in Photography | Spring Hill Family Photographer

November 10, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

How I got started in Photography

Rene is an old friend of mine, and I've been photographing her family for probably longer than I should have been.  She's one of my friends who was gracious enough to support me as I learned and encouraged me a long the way. I'm sometimes asked how I got started in photography, so I thought that Rene's family session was a good time to answer that question in my blog. 

Someone at a session a few weeks ago asked if I had gone to school to be a photographer, and was surprised to know that I was actually an Engineer in my past life, and that I have a BS in Industrial Engineering and a Masters in Manufacturing Operations.  It sounds like a leap, but as I've said before, I believe photography is just the right mix of art and science and I think that appeals to me personally.

I purchased an entry level DSLR not too long after my second daughter was born.  I shot it on auto, used the horrific on-camera flash, and generally sucked at using it.  But I started to fall in love with it and yearned to learn more.  At about that same time, the GM Plant I was working at shut down. Being unwilling to move out of town, I found myself without a job.  Which was OK with me since I had not been happy working since I had become a mother.  So I joined the MOMS Club of Spring Hill and began a different sort of life than I had lead up until that point. 

I wanted to learn more about photography, and my first step was that I took a class at the Ritz Camera store in Cool Springs, where I had bought my camera.  Unfortunately, these stores don't exist anymore, but that's where I started.  It was a basic class, and I think they may have even offered it free with your camera purchase.  But it taught me how to get my camera off the auto mode, and some basic composition rules. 

I also read a lot of books.  One of my favorite authors when I was starting out was Scott Kelby.  Sometimes I read the books multiple times, just so that I would understand it a little better each time. 

But the biggest thing that I did was to practice, practice, practice.  The MOMS Club that I was a member of for years was a fantastic place for me to practice photographing children. I would shoot lots of candids at playdates, and eventually began more formally shooting events, like the Halloween Party. After a few years, friends (like Rene) began asking me to shoot their families annual photos for Christmas cards.  Eventually, once my youngest went to Kindergarten, I went back to work full time.  But after about a year and a half, I found myself unhappy with corporate life for various reasons.  My best friend, Adina, urged me to start my own photography business. I wasn't sure I could do it or if I was ready, but she somehow convinced me that I could. So with my husband's support, I took the leap.  

But the learning was far from over.  From the moment i decided to go into business, I got even more serious about learning.  My main source of education of the past two years has come from Click Photo School.  Their online classes, and the community support that I get there has been priceless. I've made virtual friends who mentor each other and inspire me.  I couldn't even count how many workshops, breakouts and seminars I have done through them.  

So in summary, I pretty much eat/sleep/breath photography.  My Facebook, Instagram and Feedly feeds are filled with articles, blogs and inspiration and I constantly try to learn new things.  I do not believe there is a finish line to learning, and I'm grateful that there is not.  I guess that's why they call it a passion.

 


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