It's almost been one year since I was browsing the internet for some type of photography gig. I stumbled on an ad that was for a wedding photographer's assistant. I sent my inquiry and never thought about it again. I honestly didn't think I would get a response, but.. I did! I went to meet with the photographer and was offered a chance to work for him. Driving home from the interview, I was absolutely STOKED. This amazing opportunity had just plopped in my lap. At my first wedding, I was a nervous-wreck. Seriously, I could not even think straight and I couldn't focus on my camera settings. I was literally shaking. It was time to prove myself and I was scared that I would blow it! Eventually, as each wedding came, I became more relaxed. My boss has taught me an incredible amount in regards to becoming a second shooter. He forced me to build my confidence while shooting, and I reallycannot thank him enough for everything that he's invested in me.
Below I've put together a gallery of my favorite shots from this year. As I was going through thousands of images to choose from, I was able to actually see how much I've grown as a photographer... and it feels amazing.
To see more of these wedding images taken by my boss himself, check out Pittsburgh Imagery!
On Sunday, I was fortunate enough to do a photo session for this lovely family. Lacie wanted some individual pictures of each of the kids and some family photos. Simple enough? Not really! Little Jimmy was NOT up for getting pictures... AT ALL. A majority of the session, I focused on trying to get that one picture of everyone looking and smiling... well, at least not crying. We tried pretty much anything we could think of. Yes, we even bribed him with m&m's. Despite his refusal to be photographed, he was the sweetest little boy I think I've ever met. After trying to get some holiday pictures in front of the tree, Lacie and her husband, Jim, went to change outfits. Jimmy sat in the living room and talked with me. He ended up giving me a hug while I was in mid-sentence... yeah... ADORABLE! He literally just met me! We headed to the backyard and I was certain Jimmy was ready join his mom, dad and sister...
That didn't happen.
I admit it. I really started to worry that I wasn't going to get what I thought I needed. Fortunately, Lacie was incredibly relaxed. She and Jim accepted the situation and wanted to roll with it. I absolutely love how they responded to the situation. We just let the moment be and we were able to get some hilariously cute pictures. Do I think Lacie is going to hang this on her wall? Eh, maybe not. However, I do think she will cherish this picture. It's a great depiction of the parents' ability to take life's lemons and make some sweet lemonade, and I admire them for that.
Scroll down to see some of the other images from this shoot!
I am always brainstorming for photo session themes and pondering the set up. With the holidays creeping up, I'm racking my brain to create a one of a kind session this season. As you may know, I don't own a studio and I'm not sure if I'd want to. The idea of creating a holiday scene inside a studio makes me yawn. I'm sure all that will change once I can accept the fact that some won't be thrilled with "working it" for the camera while shivering. As for now, I will hunt down those willing clients who are enthusiastic about having a frosty winter session.
So, what exactly have I been imagining? ....
a pine tree farm... a vintage sled... a single stocking hung from an old fence with sleepy child resting beneath?!
Well, I can't give away too many ideas, but the possibilities are endless when you choose an outdoor session. Hopefully, this inspires you to bundle up your love ones and head out to get some truly unique holiday photographs!