When I first started getting into digital photography in 2010, I annoyed my friends constantly by begging them to let me take their picture. Having grown up as more of a “documentary” type photographer hobbyist, I didn’t have a lot of experience shooting people in a portrait type setting. Honestly, I had zero clue of what I was doing.
Luckily, I had some friends willing to take a chance on me and my new fancy digital camera. One such friend that comes to mind is my dear friend Nikki. This girl made it easy on me- I mean she is a natural in front of the camera and so easy to work with.
Looking back, I do not cringe at these pictures as they were a stepping stone to my career. Has my style, technique and equipment changed over the past 4 years- very much so! I believe it’s important to reflect on where you have come and appreciate the growth that you made. I’m so thankful for Nikki giving me a chance to pursue my dream of being a photographer.
To all you new photographers out there, don’t be scared to try. Just grabbing a friend and doing an imprompt to shoot may be just what you need to get your creative juices going. It’s a great time to try new things and not worry about losing face in front of a paying client because you may not be sure what you’re doing. Every photographer has been there- at the bottom. It’s makes us human. 🙂