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Budding Photographer

I have enjoyed taking pictures since FOREVER. I enjoy documenting my life, my families life, my friends life and the absence of life. Four years ago I was gifted a Nikon D3200 along with two kit lenses 18-55mm and a 55-200mm. I began the journey of not capturing EVERY moment like I had with my point and shoot camera and cell phone, but just my favorite or most memorable moments.

My Facebook feed went from a million pictures a year (or so my dear ol dad says) to a few hundred. I started reading books and working on composition. Then three years ago I purchased my first DLSR. A Nikon D5500, along with three lenses: 35mm, 50mm and 85mm.  After I got my 50 prime lens I have rarely used my zooms due to the difference in sharpness. Now I am sure someday I will pony up the cash for a nice sharp zoom lens, but for now this is what I am working with and I love my lenses.

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My upgraded photography journey began with still life pictures. Nature is captivating and patient with me while I try and try again. Abandoned barns are forgiving each time I refocus and take another shot. Flowers have yet to wilt while I attempt macro. These things gave me an adventure to drive and find something new. They allowed me to share that journey. It was nice because they were always interesting and readily available.

Recently I have begun to dabble in people…real live people…EEK!! They are terrifying. They move. They can’t see what I am thinking. They have a finite amount of patience.

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I started with my daughter, who became quickly un-amused since, well, I am her mother. So I tried Street Photography. Yup, you know where you literally walk down the street and take pictures of strangers. This was nerve wracking. Most people don’t notice when you take their picture, but I worry about the one person who might. I also had a really hard time framing and getting a good background while staying incognito.

This year I have had a few friends pop out babies!! YAY!! I have been lucky enough to be able to photograph them. My first opportunity was a Fresh48 shoot in the hospital. It was the day after this handsome fellow below was born.

After I posted these I went for some advice from a photography forum I joined. I have since learned not to shoot where you can see up the babies nostrils (oops!). I have also learned how to maximize the natural light in a hospital.

I was able to shoot his newborn shots at 7 days old. My favorite is below with the smile.

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Now fast forward three months and another one of my girlfriends would like newborn shots!! Such a great compliment that she choose me as her photographer. I am super excited and nervous because he was born just over three weeks early. His pictures turned out super cute and are below!

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A few more….

Needless to say I am very happy with how these have turned out! It just makes me feel so good to give these as a gift to my friends. ❤ ❤

I did my first family outdoor portrait / maternity session this morning. I cannot wait to see how those turned out!! Stay tuned…

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