“Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.”
– Daniel J. Boorstin
When I first really became interested in photography a little over a year ago, I had NO IDEA how much there is to learn. It’s overwhelming at times. One of the hardest parts for me (besides all the technical “stuff”) is finding my style. It’s so hard during a session to get everything technically right and then try to stay true to my vision. There is light to find (back light or front light? shade or not? too much or too little?), locations to scour, apertures to open (or close), move this way a little, move that way a little, find your focal point, how’s my shutterspeed–yikes!, lenses to change, and oops! ARE WE HAVING FUN YET? I hope someday that this will all come naturally. The technical side has gotten easier with a lot of practice, but I still find myself getting nervous during a session and perhaps posing too much and not allowing moments to just happen. I want my sessions to be playful, natural, meaningful, and authentic. That’s something I’m going to work on more.
I had a great time practicing with this fun family. This was a short session (about an hour) and we ran out of light (did I mention timing?), so I may meet again with Mom and Dad to get some shots of just them. But oh these boys… they make learning so much fun.