We all have dreams and set goals to grow in our journey as photographers. And sometimes it can be tough. It can be hard to get our feet on the ground and get traction. But we are each given every day to try new things, to practice more and to take one step forward.

When I look back on my journey as a photographer, I look back on some of my first few years and those years are some of my favorite. Even though it was hard, challenging, and frustrating, it was so fun! I was so brave and I experimented in so many new ways. Every photo I took was for me. It wasn't for a blog or for a client, it was simply to learn. Today, I want to encourage you to keep growing, being brave and having fun.


Yes, everyday. Not once a week, not once in a while, not occasionally, but every day. You don't have to have a big shoot planned or have some grand scheme. You simple have to pull our your camera every day and shoot. Take photos in your house. Take photos outside of your house. Take photos of your cat or dog. Just make sure to take your camera out everyday.


I kind of feel like my college professor, but in his words, "you better be shooting in manual!" haha! He knew for us to really be able to embrace our cameras and the craft of photography then we had to be shooting in manual. It's our jobs to make pictures, not take pictures. Let go of auto mode, or aperture priority, or shutter priority. Settle into manual mode and stick with it. Your photography will become more consistent when you commit to shooting in manual. It may be hard at first, but it will make you a stronger picture maker. And if you're running into problems you can't figure out, shoot me an email.


When you're learning you have to give yourself lots of freedom. Freedom to try crazy things. Freedom to take pictures that don't make sense to any one else. Don't stress about making the perfect picture, just make the picture. Embrace this freedom when your editing too. When I first started editing, I tried some crazy things. Often times Tyler would take a look at my edit and wonder what I was thinking. But I simple needed the freedom to try different things. This allowed me to not only learn the software, but I started to develop an editing style that I liked.


Have you ever found yourself shooting to impress others or to prove something? If so, shake that off and shoot for yourself. Capture your stories, simple to capture your stories. Don't worry about sharing your photos with everyone. Make your pictures, practice your craft and shoot for yourself. I've found that I'm more apt to try new things when I know that the pictures are just for me.


Photography is more fun with friends, always. Plus, friends help and challenge you. I learn more and do better when I'm shooting with friends. It gives me a great opportunity to practice portraits, to ask creative questions and to have fun!

Friends, get started today and start growing in your photography. Break out that camera everyday and always shoot in manual. Let me know if you have questions! I would love to walk with you through your journey.

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