My Other Hobby

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Occasionally I post some tutorials on little things I have done with photography. Last year I lucked out and got a hand me down camera, and since then I have completely fallen in love with taking portraits. I love, love taking portraits.  It’s something I have always enjoyed, but getting a decent camera has really made a difference.
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I have made quite a few mistakes.  Last April I decided to not just shoot on auto.  I turned my camera to the manual mode and took a bunch of blue and blurry pictures.  Ugh.  They were a mess.  Not only was I dealing with lighting and setting issues, I don’t have tons of experience posing people.  I have mostly worked with my toddler.  This is the third newborn session I have done, and wow. They’re hard. They are really hard. But in the end, I think they’re so worth it. Who doesn’t want to remember what an angel this little one is?
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I also couldn’t afford an editing program, so whatever pictures I took needed to be pretty decent to start with or they weren’t going to look great anyway.   I finally had a chance to get Photoshop Elements for a great price, and just installed it a couple months ago.  So far I haven’t figured out very well how to use it, but if you have a zit I can make it go away now :) I always worry I will over edit something or not edit enough.  I worry ALL the time if people really like the pictures I took, or if they’re just being nice about them.  Of course, I always post my best ones, but don’t you doubt for one second I have a folder of mess ups.
collage (Large)Anyway, I just wanted to encourage you to do things you love to do.  To start before you are ready, to go out and follow your dreams.  I know, I know. Cliché. And this is a coupon blog, but really.  Try it out.  Whatever it is that you want to do, go for it.  I look at the pictures I was taking a year ago, and the ones I have taken recently. I still make mistakes, I still get home and put them on the computer and think, “Oh darn it! If only…” But I am so glad that I took that leap forward and tried something that was really hard for me.  Whatever it is in your life, find the courage to do it and just go for it.  You might make a mistake, but keep going.

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  1. Those are really good. I like to take pictures also. I am so picky. I get so mad at the pictures you get taken at places now. Since I have learned how to do it on my own. People have asked me to take pictures of their wedding. For the fact they do not like what the have seen with the pros. I think I am ok. Not as good as people think I am. You are really good at it keep it up. I think I need to to my summer pictures soon. lol Keep up the good work.

    • Aw, thank you :) I didn’t like studio portraits either, but I couldn’t afford to have his picture taken all the time like I wanted, so I just decided to do it myself. Keep it up! I bet you’re being modest :)

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