Image from 2014
You have been drawn to the creative outlet that photography provides since you were little. Once you went to college however, you couldn’t fathom being in a profession that occupied most of your weekends. Then you started having children and, like so many, you wanted to capture those fleeting moments. You bought a fancy DSLR and kept it on auto… auto everything. Your exposure was always off, your white balance never correct, and lets not get into your compositions.
Then one day you stumbled upon a photography blog. You were hooked again. You started following photography blog after blog. You started studying images. You started reading photography tips. Then you signed up for your first photography course. You wanted to take your photography to the next level. You wanted to understand manual settings, the exposure triangle, white balance, composition along with so many other details. You devoted practically all of your free time to studying and soaking up all that you could. You started studying emotion and fine art. You could see that your photos were improving, but you struggled with personal style. You hadn’t found yours yet. You started studying what you were drawn to and you spent a great deal of time experimenting with editing. After so much personal exploration, discovery and reflection, your style emerged.
You started to break the rules, and what an exhilarating feeling it was. Rules are meant to be broken. Your work is far from perfect, and you have so much yet to discover. It’s a never-ending learning curve, but you know that this is what you were meant to do. Sure, somedays you get burnt out. Remind yourself that it’s ok to take creative breaks. Your camera will be happily waiting for you when you’re ready to get back behind the lens.
Keep pushing yourself photographer. Keep pushing yourself to break the rules and try new things. Everyone has their own idea of perfection.
About the photographer:
Meg is a natural light photographer specializing in maternity, newborn, child, and family photography. She lives in Michigan with her husband and three little boys… and her furry friend Twiggy. She shoots with a Canon 6D and various prime lenses. Meg likes to set one or two photography goals a year and devote much of her focus to reaching them. She is drawn to low light and color in her work. She loves fall and winter, snowboarding, hiking, camping, reading historical fiction novels, coffee and the color mustard yellow.
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