I took some photos yesterday in front of Mount Scott with my younger sisters, Kaylee and Kourtney. I told them to pose and these are the dramatic poses they gave me to work with.
2018 has officially begun! While 2017 was definitely not the greatest year of my life (or for the world), it was a year of many lessons. I pushed my limits, dove more into Lightroom and Photoshop, took more photos, and learned new techniques that I want to share. Here’s a compiled list of tips and lessons to think of for 2018.
- It doesn’t matter if someone has a more expensive camera or gear than you. You can create amazing quality photos with cheaper gear.
- Do your research before buying. Watch videos, tutorials, and go to a DSLR seller (Best Buy) and play with their cameras before picking a new one.
- Lenses are more important than camera bodies (In my opinion)
- Know how to use the Rule of Thirds
- Move around your subject when you find a pose you like vs moving them. Crop photos below/above joints. It’s more flattering.
- Always edit your photos to where the subject POPS
- Presets are awesome, but you do not want to rely on them. A good way to learn about editing is to set a preset on a photo and try to go backwards and make the photo look like it did in the original shot. You will learn ALOT about your editing software.
- Don’t compare yourself to other photographers. You can be inspired by their work, but it’s not a competition. Compete with yourself to be better than you were yesterday.
- Aim to inspire others. Share your work and encourage/support fellow photographers in the field.
- Be open to new ideas. I started shooting concert photos and evolved into some portrait photography. Be creative with ugly locations.
- And lastly, don’t give up. It’s not always easy. With some drive and confidence, you can go anywhere.
Here’s to 2018 and all the new lessons I will learn this year.
This is one of the most commonly asked questions I receive. I’m speaking in terms of photography, but this also applies to any other service, such as: cosmetology, musicians, etc.
The first step is to set up your business. Make business cards, make logos, anything that will make your brand stand out. Have a reliable email or phone number. No one will take a chance on a new business if it looks untrustworthy/sloppy, or they can’t get in contact with you.
Family and friends are always the best people to go to as first clients. They will help get your name out and help you get some experience in the customer service side of your business. Your family and friends know you the best. They’ll know for sure whether to take a chance on you or not, whereas a client who doesn’t know you won’t. For instance, my sister was my first client, and I took her maternity photos for her. I had showed her pictures I had taken of my husky, but I didn’t have many portrait photos.
Your friends and family are basically free, walking advertisement and experience. Give them a discounted service price in return for their social media posts! This is the easiest way to get your business going.
Another awesome way is hashtags. I’ve said this before in a previous blog post, but hashtags are your friend! Always hashtag a photo with anything relevant to it. For this maternity shot above, I would hashtag the following: #photography #Nikon #maternityshoot #texasphotographer . You can put as many, or as little as you want. The more hashtags, the farther your reach on social media.
Stay active on social media, engage your audience, do giveaways!
If you follow all these steps, you will see your follower count start to rise. I’ve followed these steps for a few years now and have recently hit 25k+ on my Instagram page. You can do it too!