When I first started my photography journey, it was a little intimidating. I didn’t know anyone who was a photographer and I had never had any formal training. The first thing I ever truly read about photography was the owner’s manual on my first DSLR camera. I started out by photographing my little girl and just couldn’t get enough. I knew I needed to learn more and I wanted to photograph others. I didn’t just want to take good photos, I wanted to make amazing photos! There were so many things that needed to be learned from learning manual exposure to where to buy props for a cake smash. I was determined to become an amazing South Jersey child and family photographer! If you are just starting out, know there are so many free resources that can help you out when you have little to no money readily available to invest in your dream. Pintrest is amazing with the amount of articles and tips they have on photography, but please beware some are written by people who may not fully know what they are talking about. So please always be judgmental of each article and then try it out for yourself before you believe everything you read. After each article I read, I would then try it out myself. Its amazing how it all comes together when you test out the knowledge you are given and how you absorb and make it your own once you learn the basics.
Other than Pintrest and reading books that really propelled me forward was a South Jersey photographer group that I joined on Facebook. The photographers in this group are such supportive and helpful people. They are always ready to answer your questions without judgement. Actually before I decided to make this website, I had to ask them where to start and which Platform to build it on. To me, making a website is by far one of the hardest parts of owning a business. They didn’t even laugh at my questions though I’m pretty sure they were chuckling on the inside! hehe
During the last few months, I have met a few of them by shadowing them and it has been great. I’ve learned all kinds of things including how to wrap a newborn, posing family photos, photograph a wedding and next month will be learning a little about off-camera flash and also will be assisting at a senior rep program session which will include makeup artist and hair artists. I am so exciting for all these opportunities and to be learning so much. These people are so inviting! Not many photographer in other areas would ever let you help out on their sets, give you tips and let you peek at how they handle their sessions and do business while giving you tips on how on how they were successful. I look up to so many of these other photographers!
My favorite part so far though was last month I got to meet many of the South Jersey photographers at a shoot out in South NJ in Mays Landing. A few of the photographers (and some non-togs) brought their tween children and Dee from Shooting Stars Photography styled them with these beautiful dresses. I think at the end we had about 6 beautiful young ladies modelling. So we got to meet up and also do our favorite thing, photograph together! These young ladies were amazing too with about 20 different photographers posing them in different positions and asking them for different facial expressions. They handled it like professionals. After the shoot, it was awesome to see how different the photos came out considering we were all shooting at the same location with the same models. Below you can view a few of the photos, I took during the shoot out. Enjoy!
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