Monday, August 31, 2009

Before and after...



Well I wasn't going to do this post just because I haven't been around www.iheartfaces.com very long. I have learned things, fun things mostly, like how to make a camera strap cover...now that was an awesome tutorial! lol Faces is a great place to share and learn and grow and I wish it were around when I was JSO....

However, I have had some AMAZING mentors over the years! I belong to a couple little private boards where I was blessed to have one of the top children's photograhers in Alabama guide me in my journey to learn.

I know I am continually improving... every time I go out and shoot. So, I really wanted to see how far I have come. I also wanted to show others...there is hope, if you shoot shoot shoot and read read read, you WILL get better :)

This was taken 3 years ago! I had a Kodak with manual capabilities...I practiced so much with that camera and I was pretty proud of myself with this picture of my girls...





This was just a couple months ago...with my Nikon



In the beginning, there was desire and hope and a bulldog sense of 'never give up'...I just needed time and practice...ready?

see if you can tell the before and afters....






There is no rare disease that turned her orange, I promise....




thinking I may have been color blind at some point in this journey.....cause I know she wasn't bluish....






She's not supposed to be red either is she.....and, what do you mean I chopped her hand off? I was a limb chopping ninja in the beginning, lol


You can't tell at this size, but this was is terribly OOF...another of my 3 girls that I was so proud of! I had it hanging over my mantle.






And seriously, take my advice on this one...you can NOT trust friends to tell you the truth about photography. I had people asking me to take pictures of their kids when I was at this point in my learning journey....seriously, and wanting to PAY me! Luckily I had some good online photographer friends who were honest with me, giving very gentle CC...making me see my screwups without making me feel bad about it,lol

So here I am, its been nearly 3 years since I bought my first DSLR...probably a good 5 years or so since I seriously became interested in photography. I have always had some slight interest....even way back in the dinosaur age of film I was taking photography classes in high school and learning dark room development...fun times!


Photography has become much more fun with the age of digital, much more affordable too! This has been a blessing to those of us in it for the love of a good shoot. Unfortunately it has also managed to breed a whole new group of photographers...you know the ones I am talking about. They go out, buy a bottom of the line DSLR and put a sign out front offering a session for $20 including a CD of all images!


Off my soapbox....


Just have to add....
Its been a fun journey for sure and I have made some great friends along the way! Photography has opened up doors for me. My local photography club is my refuge where I can go and hide out with grown ups a few times a month...grown ups who are as camera crazy as me!


Here are some of my recent shots....I am branching out a little, breaking some of the 'rules' trying more vintage stuff, more textures, and loving every minute of it :)















So, moral of the story...if you have the desire to become a great photographer, never give up!

15 comments:

Melissa said...

I had to laugh, because I can relate to the color blind comment... that's how I feel when I look at some of mine! LOL Great work!

momof3darlings said...

Donna, well I was blessed to have YOU as one of my mentors that I admired and looked up to. I still do. You are fantastic and so very sweet and supportive! I am blessed to have learned from you!

Stephanie @ BizzieMommy.com said...

I agree with you it does take a lot of practice. Those last pictures are great, I love the one near the train.

TanishaRenee said...

Awesome advice!

Becca said...

girl you've gotten so good!! :-) thanks for sharing your journey!

squeeekphoto said...

I enjoyed reading your story and viewing your improvement. Thanks for sharing. Great job!

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh my gosh. Your pictures are adorable : ) I am glad you have a club near you. That is so cool. I am going to look around and see if I can find one near me too. Sometimes I almost cry because all I want to do is take pictures and I need someone to go along with me : )

Alice said...

great changes. and you are so right, i need to read more! i love your progression and the way you showed it to us in your photos, great job!

i have my photos posted also. feel free to come over and visit anytime :O).

Amy @ Living Locurto said...

Great story! You're photos are wonderful. Thanks for sharing:-)

Amy
Co-Founder
I Heart Faces

~RAch~ said...

WOW.. I said it over and over as I read your post. I love the feet photo... ok so I love them all, but the mom & dad with their kids.. very cute. I'm so glad you didn't give up! Great photos!

Shannon said...

That is SOME journey!

wenderful said...

Very inspiring. I know I have a long ways to go but I'm enjoying the entire experience. I love your black and white of the little girl on the wall. SO sweet.

Ashley Clark said...

I love the poses of your models. They are so perfect! I am still learning and I find it hard to direct my models. They all tend to want to do the (what I like to call) "facebook pose." So un-natural. Anyways, gorgeous work :)

Ashley ♥
http://ashleyclarkphotography.blogspot.com/

Jill Franklin said...

Ooooh these are Wonderful! I didn't do this one because I just went through my files and deleted all my old pictures making room for new ones. =(
You're photos are Much More than Fantastic! Thanks for sharing. ~Jill

Jennifer said...

very inspiring for sure!