Hello, and thanks for reading my blog!  I decided to start off this year with a new website.  This is my first blog, and I just wanted to talk a little bit about my journey so far as a photographer.

The first time I touched a DSLR camera was in October of 2011, when my husband brought home a camera kit from his work over the weekend for me to play with.  Every few weeks, he would borrow it so I could practice.  The first day I had the camera to play with, he took me to one of my favorite places, The Griffith Observatory.

This image of a hummingbird was one of the first photographs I took that day in front of the observatory.  There are a lot of things technically wrong with this photograph, but I still love it.  It reminds me of the very first day I ever went shooting, and the beautiful day I had with my husband.

On Mother’s Day in 2012, he surprised me with a camera of my own.  I was so excited, and for the first 2 years I practiced on friends and family, and anyone else who would let me photograph them.  Nature and my cats were also great subjects to practice on as well.  I forced myself to only shoot in manual mode, which was frustrating and frightening to work with, but it really helped with getting to know the camera.

Since then, I’ve ambitiously as well as fearfully put myself out there and have done weddings and other private and business events, portraiture, boudoir, commercial and promotional photography, food photography, as well as some street and nature photography.  I’ve definitely made my share of mistakes, which caused me many tears, but that’s how I learned and how I became a better photographer.  Trying my hand at so many different types of photography helped me to figure out what I liked and disliked, but I knew eventually I was probably going to have to pick one type of photography to specialize in or focus on, at least from a business standpoint.

I’ve found that my favorite thing to photograph are portraits of people being themselves.  The more real and natural a photograph is, the more emotion and feeling there is to be portrayed.  That’s why I changed the name of my website to “Art of Being.”  There is art in being our true selves, and I want to capture that.

My experience with photography and the people I’ve met from doing it has been awesome, and I’ve been inspired in so many different ways.  I feel very fortunate to be able to do something that I love for a living.  There are many times along the way when doubt and my lack of self confidence got the best of me and I felt like I had no idea what I was doing, but I never thought about quitting because I knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

Thanks for reading, and I hope this inspires you to do what you love and to never give up.

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