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New Year

I'm sitting here reflecting and thinking about how everything is going throughout the past few months.  I titled this "New Year" simply because I am just now starting my senior year at Liberty.  It's crazy because as I am sitting back reflecting as to what the next steps would be for my life, I just find myself gaining more and more opportunities with photography.   When I first started, I wanted to keep it as merely a hobby, but as I'm going around, as I'm learning and developing myself as a photographer, I find myself being able to really have a shot at this! ;)

The opportunities that I have been getting are amazing.  Within 3 months, I will have shot 3 weddings, meaning that I will have 4 underneath my belt.  Now, I would really say that shooting 4 weddings is necessarily a lot, but I do now have more than enough to have a fairly strong portfolio.  Especially now that I am learning more and more each time. 

I am pretty excited to be second shooting alongside my friend Ashley for 2 of them.  It's crazy because each time I shoot, I am faced with a new set of challenges.  Learning more about lighting (let's be honest, it's probably my weakest point of my photography).  But I really like being thrown into challenges.  It forces me to be quick and creative.  

Well, in the next few weeks, be on the lookout for some wedding bliss! 

Nathan-Assessment Shoot #1

I must say, I was really excited when I was editing these and then shifted for some time to look at my first shoot with Nathan 3 years ago.   While there is room for improvement in the shots that I've done this go around, I am very excited to see how much I actually have improved (I mean, other than the fact that I actually have a better camera).  Here are basically some of my favorite shots from my first shoot with Nathan. 

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At the time, I really felt as though I did a pretty good job.  But when I was sitting back assessing everything and making comparisons to the most recent shoot, I was amazed.  Here are the photos from the most recent shoot

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I took a little bit more of a specific editing direction in this shoot than I have done in the past.  I think when I first started shooting and editing, I got photoshop preset happy and would experiment with as many presets as I could.  But lately, I have finally gotten to pinpoint exactly what I want to do as far as the levels are concerned as well as the coloring. I think I really like the "redder" tint with some of these photos.  

I'm getting closer to figuring out my editing style. 

As far as composition is concerned, I do feel as though I have done so much better composition wise.  Getting in close when I needed to, but then understanding when to use the closure.  

Well, I have a few others that I going to do and will be posting in the upcoming weeks.  I am really excited about this project!