Okay, so welcome to your new addiction. No, seriously, nearly peeing your pants while you read about the mishaps and mistakes of a wannabe photographer trying to navigate her life through motherhood, wifehood, full time insurance agenthood, and this so called "hobby" of taking pictures of people that really don't want me there half the time. Hi! I'm Heather. I have been taking pictures all my life.....Not so recently, I decided to get my feet wet and do this from a more "professional" aspect, shall we say. In other words, I'm now going to take peoples' money to snap photos of them. Now, let me begin by saying that I am not an amateur. I have won countless awards and been published in some very popular and well-known magazines. HOWEVER, the type of photography was sports/action and landscape; NOT weddings and portraiture. This blog will be done on a weekly/bi-weekly basis depending on time available and I will discuss all my trials and tribulations with being a photographer while wearing so many other hats. I will also let out the occassional rant to allow my true colors to shine through so you know what you're getting yourself into if you decide to book a shoot with me! :)
On to my Love Hate Relationship. I'm going to list these things out in no particular order.
1.) EVERYONE thinks they are a photographer. Literally. When I talk to someone and they hear my pricing, they nearly pass out and instantly start thinking about their cousin Melvin with that new Nokia phone that takes real good pictures and then Wal-Mart can print them off for next to nuthin. The unfortunate thing is that SOOOOO many people forget the most important part of a photographer's work isn't taking the photographs themselves, or even printing them off......It's the editing. You are paying me to make you and every single picture with you in it to look next to perfect. Or as close as I can get to it. If there are 300 final product photographs, that probably took me close to 20-25 hours of editing to finish. I hate that no one remembers that part.
2.) I LOVE the look on someone's face when they see a photograph they never thought was possible. Whether it's a wedding, a newborn shoot, whatever......That look on a person's face when they realize that shot they always wanted but never thought they'd get is in their package is a feeling I can't describe any other way than awesome!
3.) Friends and Family Discount. Yes you're entitled to one, but no I don't have ANY idea what it should be. Again, going back to point number 1, I feel like friends and family should be the individuals jumping at the opportunity to support you and pay you every dime you're worth and maybe a little bit more to help you get started in a new career, but instead they want you to work for free because somewhere down the road any talent that you accrue automatically entitltles those friends to those talents free of charge! (There are exceptions to every rule, so no offense intended specifically. Everything written is expected to be taken as a generalization.)
4.) I love freezing time. It's literally a power trip knowing that I have that kind of control on the world. Knowing that I can capture a moment of time and no one else can ever have that moment back outside of a distorted memory, but I have a digital copy of that moment in time forever*. (Forever is relative, I realize.)
5.) I HATE dreading a shoot. This traditionally only happens with my weddings and my newborns. Let me explain, though! Weddings because of bridezillas and because I'm a perfectionist.....I am CONSTANTLY scared that I'm going to either miss a shot that's important to the bride or something's going to go wrong and the most important day of a woman's life is going to be uncaptured because of my mistakes! Newborns because there are ugly babies out there. I'm sorry, but it's just a fact of life. And every mother thinks their child is the most beautiful thing in the world and sometimes making ugly babies look appealing on film is one of the hardest things anyone could ever do!
6.) I LOVE shooting outside with natural light. I think this is probably true for every other photographer on planet Earth, but in case you were wondering or you live under a rock, I thought i'd bring you up to speed. :)
7.) Lighting SUCKS. Having to manipulate lighting live action AND in photoshop is NOT my cup o tea and that's why I prefer #5. :)