richmond virginia photography

Sneak Peek: Travis and Laura

Check out a lovely sneak peek of the engagement session with Travis and Laura yesterday!

Mini Session Sneak Peek

Check out a sneak peek of the mini session that I had done with my god sisters yesterday!

Photography Challenge: Day 19-Then and Now

I kind of wanted to take a break on Day 19 from actually taking pictures to actually doing a progress report

I'm pretty sure I've done this last summer sometime.  But even since last summer, the quality of the images that I have taken have improved a lot.  I started taking an interest in photography and got my first camera right after graduating high school.  I enjoyed it so much that I figured, why not continue to do this?  To be honest, I thought that I was pretty good at the time.  But now that I have improved over the course of 4 years, I have to say that I really wasn't good AT ALL.  As a matter of fact, I look at my old work and cringe.  I honestly wish I could delete them from everywhere they are stored and never see them again.  But that actually would not help me much.

Why do I say throwing away my old work wouldn't help me?  Because I have become very critical and rather a perfectionist of myself and my work.  There are days where I think my current work looks horrible when I compare them to people that are better than I am.  Yet when I look at how my work was when I started, I have to say that I am growing.  That's the thing that matters the most.  I don't shoot in auto mode anymore.  My overall photography IQ is better and I am able to produce quality images. 

I wanted to share an image of a shoot that I have done 4 years ago and one that I have shot last week.  It's night and day difference and I'm super excited to see more growth in the next 4 years.

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2014

Photography Challenge: Day 13-Inspiration

A couple of things before I began. I LOVE my camera and I LOVE back button focusing!

First, I kind of broke part of the casing of my SD card.  I was still able to take pictures with it but my card reader nor my usb was able to transfer images.  My camera has a wifi capability so I was able to transfer all my images to my computer that way.  It's taking quite a while, but I am glad that I still had a means of getting my images transferred.

Secondly, there's this thing called back button focusing.  It's really just setting your camera so that the back button on your camera focuses on the image instead of the shutter.  It prevents your images from getting out of focus when you move.  I've had that problem quite a bit. But this time, I've noticed that I have been able to focus during the session that I've done today so much more easily.  Everything is sharp and amazing!

Anyways, day 13 for the photography challenge is inspiration.  My mom and I went a few minutes from my home and did a session. She's been trying to have one done for a while now and we never had the chance to get to it. So we finally did.  It works because I have to say that she and my dad are the biggest inspiration that I have in my life.  They are supportive of anything that I decide to do whether they think it's crazy or not.  They are firm but reasonable.  They have definitely provided so many opportunities for me and my siblings that I probably would not have had without their help.  My mom specifically has definitely made so many sacrifices for all of us that if I turn out to be half the woman that she is, I would be alright.  All the late nights.  The level of patience. But most importantly the example that she displays as a woman, mother, and wife is incredible! I could go on.

Anyways, I'm doubling with putting a sneak peak of our session and using this image for day 13!

Photography Challenge Day 12-Routine

When I took a look over the photography challenge when I decided to do it, one of the first things I noticed was the challenge for photography a routine.  My first initial thought was what routine exactly would I photograph that is actually worth photographing?  I wanted it to mean something.  But my routine has such a wide variety at times.  I clearly shower, brush my teeth, and do my hair everyday.  I read my bible everyday.  I use my computer and my phone everyday.  But what is something routine in my life that I I wouldn't necessary be a cliche'?  

I thought about it all day today and realized that writing is probably the one routine that connects everything.  I kind of identify myself as a writer.  Clearly because I decided to write a detailed blog with every single image I take in this challenge.  I communicate certain things more efficiently when I'm writing. I write when I have my quiet times because that's my main way of making a connection with what I'm reading.  I write things down as I hear them.  I journal.  I keep a detailed planner and I'm most excited about the beginning of a semester when I can sit down and plan and write everything out in a detailed schedule.  

Writing is a part of my life.  I don't know what I would do without it. 

I took a picture of one of the many notebooks I have.  I wish I had one notebook designated for one particular subject, but it doesn't happen that way.  I've somehow created this book to be widely multipurpose ;)