Today I decided to put together some of my old work and compare it to my new work. Not only to motivate others but to encourage myself. Sometimes it gets hard when your chasing your dreams, so sometimes I have to remind myself how much I've grown since I started.
My first collaboration was with a business woman who was promoting her hairline back in 2017. During this time I didn't have any experience in branding, nor did I have any knowledge of indoor sessions. So I started shooting outside for majority of my session. At the time this was one of my favorite images because I loved the color scheme. However now that I know what I know now I could have did a lot with this image.
This is an outdoor session from this year. It surprises me to see how much I've grown when it has came to outdoor sessions. First, I want to say both images were taken by the same camera, by the same person just one had more knowledge than the other. The quality of my images have changed, I can honestly say my style has changed to. I use to didn't know anything about camera settings and posing my models, now I have gotten better.
My very first indoor session was with this beautiful queen for her birthday! This was my first large backdrop that I had purchased and I had to try it out. Of course during the time I thought this picture was just so amazing, but now that I look at it there are so many things that I did wrong as the photographer. I didn't retouch as well, didn't fix my backdrop and much more. But let's look at my most recent indoor session now!
This particular session was also a birthday session. It took me doing this session to see how much I've improved with indoor photography. My lighting set up was great, I finally had started learning how to adjust my camera settings and I started using the glass floor more often.
Portraits are my thing! But I don't know what I was thinking and I don't know why somebody didn't tell me that this retouching and editing was so horrible! I really showed out on this picture, the model is beautiful but the quality and the retouching was all off! Here's a image of my portrait work now:
As I looked through these pictures I literally couldn't help but cry! I've grown so much. It took me a total of two years to progress, I can't wait to see where my work is going to be at in another year. The best way to become a better photographer is to be open to learn new things, to invest your time into practicing and accepting criticism. I'm apart of a photography group and I frequently submit my work and ask for feed back, this has really helped me as a photographer. If your a new photographer, don't get discouraged as long as you continue to work towards perfection you will grow! Just don't give up!
"If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose." - Bishop T.D. Jakes
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