It seems like everyone is either a photographer or blogger these days. The reason I think that is is because it gives us the capability to use our creativeness, our imaginations. It is also an amazing source of income for those wanting to stay at home if you work at it.
I remember back in highschool taking a photography course and falling in love with it. I wasn’t that great back then but it planted a seed that I would start to nourish after I had my first child. Once Abigail was born my husband and I both wanted to purchase a camera that could take better than ordinary photos. Thus entered our first DSLR camera, a Canon Rebel.
Being the one at home I picked it up every day. I loved seeing those moments of our daughter as she grew. Eventually, I wanted to move out of automatic mode and shoot in some of the manual modes that my camera provided and this was also the start of the thought of starting my own photography business.
I practiced almost every day with the little knowledge that I did have, which was not a lot. I sort of snicker at my photos back then. Can you say, filter overload!? Hey, it was all I knew. After falling pregnant with our second child my love for photography only grew from there.
My family was incredibly supportive. By the time I had David, Gift of Life Photography had been started and I was taking on really small jobs at a really low cost for friends. For each Christmas or birthday that passed, I was gifted with all things photography. From SD cards to editing software, lenses, and online courses.
Learning had it’s ups and downs throughout the years. I would come away from a session and write down all that was good about it and what I struggled with so I would remember on my next session. I also asked the helped of a good friend who had been in the business for a long time. I paid a small fee for her to teach me the basics of my editing software and learned the rest online and through trial and error.
In my first year of learning, I would stay up till past midnight some nights watching YouTube videos and reading tutorials online. It was NOT easy, but my passion was deep and it fueled me each night to power through.
As my skills and my gear improved I was able to raise my prices. The one thing about photography is it is not cheap. From keeping up with your skills to equipment, website fees, domain fees, and so on. For the first while, I was not making much of a profit, if any. There was also a time I went freelance.
I think the one thing that people do not understand is the time and effort it takes to be a photographer. We do it because we love it but that is why you see the fees like they are. The better the skills and the equipment, not to mention the cost of living how it keeps going up, the higher the price and that is because we have invested in our businesses. It’s not just the session time but the countless hours that we have poured ourselves into learning and upgrading and the hours spent editing afterward.
Photography has really opened up so many possibilities that I couldn’t have imagined experiencing otherwise. It also helps me with my blog in bringing clients and readers. And the fact that I can take most of our photos myself is such a bonus. Even more of a bonus as I teach my husband, now I can be in pictures!
|One of my all time favourite photos of Jon and I. This was taken with a tripod at Cascade Falls on my Canon 60D I had at the time.|
Over the next month or so I’ll give more information on what courses I took online, some great online resources for tutorials and learning, the equipment I use and some other tips and tricks along the way. Hope you will stayed tuned for those.
One thing that I do want to say is this. Taking someone else’s photo and adding a filter to it does NOT make it your photo and is still stealing an artist’s work. I had this done recently to me and was not too happy about it. Unless you were the one pressing the button or setting up the proper settings for the shot, it is not your photo, period.