Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Why I’m not a real photographer

So, remember when I said I did a family session..and a wedding..and a fundraiser and umm a church ministry shoot…?

Remember those? No? Well, I’ve been a bad pseudo-photographer and hadn’t finished editing…any of them. I won’t even mention how long its been since the first shoot. Its that bad.

Hoooowever, that sort of changed over the weekend. Pretty much every single weekend I chastise myself vehemently about not finishing them, and then the weekend passes, week day life takes over and I don’t think about it again until the new weekend rolls around since I have time to dwell.

I’m a good dweller, in case you haven’t caught on.

But like I said, I fixed it a bit this weekend. I knocked out 1 1/2 of them. I’m giving myself mad props for this.

yes, I just said mad props.

I’m a typical shooter. I dream of being creative and fun, where my images stand out from others, but I’m not exactly there yet. I don’t have a lot of time to practice lately so its still an imagination of mine verses it being a reality. So, when my good friend, who I look up to in photography, tells me that an image of mine has ‘moodiness’ with 2 !!, I get excited. Especially when that’s just what I was going for.


Black and whites have been my struggle. You would never know how difficult it is to make an image black and white until you do it {properly}. There are so many things to take into consideration, so many things I’m still learning, that 7 out of 10 black and whites I do are wrong. you have no idea how frustrating that is

Along with my lack of prompt editing skills is my real reason why I won’t be ‘official’ and charge people any time soon.

My same friend sent me a web link that put it all in perspective for me and proved I’m not ready. I don’t think I realized how elaborate it was to begin your photography business legitimately, until that post. I don’t have time for all the requirements right now and am ok with that.

Though I may not dive into this and make people pay me, I’ll still happily shoot friends who are looking for some new pictures, provided they understand it will take them a good 4 or more months before getting their images.

Did I just admit that!??

What’s the longest you’ve waited for professional pictures? Pin It Now!


Lauren said...

That is a beautiful shot!
Since my grandmother is a professional photographer I don't wait very long at all! And sometimes she let me help edit my own :)

Noa / www.noablog.com said...

LOL!I hear you on the editing pains.... It can get overwhelming. My strategy is to simply put it on my schedule. If its not on the schedule, its not real ;-)

And yes, a photography business is soooooo much more than most people think. But the good thing is that you can start small, and build as you go along. You don't have to have everything straight off the bat. Hmmm. I can write an entire blog post about that! In the meantime I would suggest building up your portfolio so you have a solid footing when you do decide to launch that biz :)


hannah love said...

ahhhhh that weblink is overwhelming! TOOOOO much to think about! i just want to take pictures!

Tabitha Mahoney said...

I've never had them done so I dont know how long people usually wait. 4 months seem okay, no?


carissa at lowercase letters said...

that shot is amazing. girl! i understand what you are saying. it takes so much time. i'm working out the legal stuff and it takes time and money and time and money.

Megan said...

Hey, it took us at least a month or two to get our 1 year anniversary pictures back, so you aren't doing THAT bad! Haha!!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

It look my wedding photographer almost two months drove me crazy!!

Jennifer Blair said...

Yes, editing....sometimes I think I want to scratch my eyes out!!! haha! That's why I've considered going over to film one day...NO EDITING!!! Yay! Hehe.


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