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I have been ignoring EVERYTHING on the internet lately… I have been VERY sick and just found out tonight why… I have pneumonia, not walking pneumonia, but full-on, #5 cause of death pneumonia… So, over the next few weeks, as I get better (fingers AND toes crossed), I will finally be updating everything – this blog, my website website, my FB pages- personalfancompany, as well as my Pinterest, my LinkedIn, my G+, and everything else! I am actually going to be completely rebuilding my website and starting a news letter… So, keep checking back! Changes are coming…



New Project!

So the new project is this:
ONE amazing photo a week! That’s it…

So, You Wanna Be A Photographer? Part 2

I’ve been searching my brain looking for what exactly I should put in this post and, to be honest, I’ve been at a loss! I started thinking back to when I first started in photography and thinking about all the stuff I wish I had known back then that I know now…

That was painful! I knew so little back then and have learned so much! It is a list about 50 miles long! So, I decided on this:

How To Find YOU In Your Photography!

This may sound odd to some but, it is very important to find you, to find your signature, your eye, your mark, that thing that makes your work… Yours!

I can look back on a photo I took 10 years ago and know instantly that it is mine, even though I have taken probably 100’s of thousands of photos… Because I can always see what it was I originally saw when I took the shot!

As a photographer, you have an unique ‘eye’ a vision that only you see… Here is an example:

Take a look at this snapshot (I’ll explain the difference between pics, photos and snapshots at the end of this post), what do you see? Some would see an old building that should have been torn down a long time ago. Some will see a specific era of architecture that is now destroyed. Others will see just a building. And you will see something completely different from what I see…

I will briefly explain what I see here… I see a beautiful expression of mother nature taking back a building that has long been empty… A building that has stories to tell, memories wrapped up in it’s walls and events that have probably been forgotten… I see a place that someone once loved and that someone once cared about, a place that someone tells stories about… And I would love to hear those stories!

Here is a ‘visual’ representation (photograph) of what I see:

Get it? I hope so!

You have to figure out what it is that separates you from every other photographer out there… I can always see the element that made me point my camera…

Find your ‘eye’ and have fun!!!

Definitions: These are MY definitions on how I differentiate between these items…

Pic: a quickly taken picture with a phone, point and shoot, or any image capture device that is usually low quality and not print worthy.

Photo: a picture taken with intended further use, editing, reference, etc. Usually not print worthy but has potential.

Snapshot: any picture taken with any intended use other than instant printing.

Photograph: a finished picture, either through editing or great skill in initial capture that is print worthy and considered ‘finished’.

That Dame’s Thoughts…

Over the years, too many to count, I have always noticed one constant when it comes to a photo shoot – inconsistancy! Nothing ever goes EXACTLY as planned! A lot of times this can be frustrating… From lighting issues to battery malfunctions to improper settings to backdrop failures to missing equipment to even model issues, always keep one thing in mind… Sometimes, it happens for a reason! I have done several shoots where the thing that ‘went wrong’ is actually what went RIGHT! You usually don’t realize this until after you have had a nervous break-down, dismissed the shoot as a failure, and get to the reviewing of your shots on your computer… You may still have dozens of not so great shots but then you find *that one*… The perfect shot! That photo that makes it all worth it! My point here? Don’t give up! I can’t count how many times I’ve ‘thrown the towel in’ and then found that one photo that reminds me of why I am a photographer… That photo that I look back to when I start doubting myself… And I want to keep doing what I love, even with the nervous break-downs! So, later this evening, I would like to share a couple of photo shoots that fit this blog’s idea… Hopefully, you will see what I mean!

Here is THAT PHOTO from a shoot:

Here are a couple that came from the same chaotic shoot that my lights were not wanting to do as I wanted and I was fighting natural light and stubborn subjects (my fiance and his friends) LOL

As you can see, my lighting was not what I was really going for…

Here is THAT PHOTO’s original:

Notice the above photo is still not what I was going for but… I could see the final product in my mind’s eye and knew that with editing, I could achieve the goal I wanted…

This is a simple example of what I have been referring to in this blog… I will post another blog soon with a more detailed and more extreme example!

Just keep in mind, you may not get the shot you want right off the rip but, with persistence and, sometime’s a good amount of editing, you can still salvage a not so great shoot!

Keep shooting, keep looking for THAT SHOT and you will always find it, somehow…

So, You Wanna Be A Photographer?

Here, I will give you the basics to getting started. Keep in mind, these are the basics, there is so much more to know. I will be posting more on this subject weekly! Hope you keep checking back to learn as much as you can!


1. Desire – You need to want to be a photographer. Don’t just do it for money or fame, you may never make much of either. This is not a way to get rich and famous. Itcanhappen but, is not very likely.

I Wanted To Be Subject & Photographer

2. Equipment – You will need a camera, obviously. Don’t worry if you can not afford a high end camera. The art of photography can be found in your vision (your eye), in editing and even in just raw simple shots. Of course, you can do more with a higher priced camera but, more is not always better!

Taken With A $4 Disposable Camera!

3. Subjects – Still life or living? Your first shots should just be to get the feel of shooting period. Take pictures of anything you want: grass, trees, books, your or your friends kids at play, the moon, a sunset, anything you want.

I Chose To Do Something Different

4. Keeping record – You took a photo of a flower in a road side field. On later inspection, you realize that there were so many other shots and so many other elements to this scene that you would love to return and explore. But, where on earth was that field? This is a common mistake made by even the best of photographers at times. ALWAYS, keep a record of where, what day & what time of day, and what equipment you used for every shot! You will be so grateful you did, trust me!

Found This In A Field Outside Mount Pleasant, NC

5. Be prepared – You never know when a perfect moment will pass by that could have made an amazing photo! Even if it is just a simple point and shoot, keep a camera with you at all times. There is no feeling like the regret of “I wish I had my camera for that shot!”

Walked Outside To Find This On My Car Hood One Morning

These are the 5 first steps to starting out! I must also say that practice does not make perfect (there is no such thing) BUT, practice is the best way to learn the art of photography and to master your abilities. We as photographers are always learning new tricks for lighting, movement, posing, timing, everything! So, go out and have fun shooting EVERYTHING you can!

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