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Why I’ve decided to keep shooting

Several months ago I got discouraged and put my camera down.  I didn’t take pictures of my children at back-to-school time and I didn’t even take pictures at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Yes I already regret those choices.

Chronic pain kept me away from photography and editing the majority of winter.  Seems like my back is happiest when temps are 60 degrees or over.  During the cold winter months we’ve had (thankfully the NW is not as cold as other places in the country have been or are) unseasonably cooler temperatures and I spent a lot of time doing nothing but hurting and getting further and further behind on editing.  I just wrapped up a session edit this weekend and as I did so, I was again reminded about all the reasons I love photography.  This young woman is exquisitely beautiful and honestly I’m pretty sure my 6 year-old nephew could take a remarkable picture of her with his mom’s iPhone, but the privilege of taking her Senior pictures was given to me.  Here is one of most favorite images from that session:

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I actually used this image in an assignment for school and got an A.  My visual communications instructor loved the image itself as well as what I did with it.  I love that my photographic talent allows me to often use my work when photographs are needed in assignments for school.  At any rate, here are a few of my other favorites:

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I love shooting this young woman.  She is gorgeous, she does exactly what I ask of her and is extremely comfortable in front of the camera.  I have extended her an invitation to be a permanent model for me and am honored that she has accepted.  Yes, future blog posts will feature this young woman again and I’m looking forward to the next time I can shoot her.


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Project 365 Day 4

Holy Hannah this project is kinda tough and I love all things photography.  So much in fact, that when I’m not doing homework or taking care of my kids and nephew I’m usually studying something photography related or shooting.  It’s been an excruciatingly trying 24 hours and the last thing I wanted to do today was pick up my camera.  Thankfully I had already had a shoot scheduled.  At any rate, right now my big struggle is low-light.  My 24-105 I rented does better in low light that anything I presently own and I’m going to be very sad to send it back next week.  Fortunately for me I have tons of family I can coerce errrr bribe, I mean beg to pose for me when I’m practicing something or looking to learn something new.  Next to my own four kids, my very favorite people in the entire world are these guys:

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I hadn’t intended this to be my Day 4 project, but given the relationship I have with my sister and nephews, it totally worked.  You see, my sister is my biggest fan, my rowdiest cheerleader, and most treasured friend. We are more than sisters…she is my best friend and I’d be so lost without her.  Her two boys call me call me Auntie and it’s the next best thing to Mommy.  In short, without my sister and nephews my life would be totally incomplete.  Love you guys, thanks for putting up with me when I just “HAVE” to put a lens in your face….again and again and again.