I literally shudder at the mere thought of these being out on the internet. Honestly...it makes me sick.
But you know what? I WISH I would have seen more photographers do this when I was starting out...
Open up to their followers, because well, we were all beginners at some point! I wish more photographers would show everyone how far they have come, not to say "Hey, come look how good I look" (Ron Burgundy voice of course), but to say...
"Hey, you CAN improve and succeed!"
No longer doubt yourself or compare yourself to others. Neither of those things will get you to your goal. Chin up, work hard, and soak in all the knowledge you possibly can. I still have a very long way until I meet my goal of the "ideal" photographer, but I am happy to see how much has changed in a year and a half.
I am still working on my "style" and learning what makes my business work more efficiently and better for my incredible clients. These things take a lot of time, so don't worry if it has yet to fall into place for you.
There is a wise man named Mumford...he and his Sons once said...
"Get over your hill and see what you'll find there, with grace in your heart and flowers in your hair..." :)
Autumn E. Keel
4/5/2013 06:57:24 am
I just had to comment and let you know that the growth you have made is AMAZING! Thank you for posting these, they make me feel like I WILL grow too! And like you, I have MANY photos that I think I would honestly physically vomit if I were to post them. I am most definitely not where I want to be, I started learning and working more on composition and editing about a year ago - and I definitely have grown, but yeah, I have some doozies before all that! 0.o
4/5/2013 07:33:07 am
Even if the second one is over saturated to the point of yellow I still love all your work!! You have come so far since you started but even in the beginning you did amazing to me. :)
Thank you for Sharing this! This is so Inspirational to me as a "amateur" Photographer! A year ago I was over editing and adding vignettes and doing splash color. But now today I think I have made a lot of progress, but I am definatly no where near how I would love to be. But I never give up and always try to better myself with what I do. And I have an intense passion for it. Once again thank you for sharing!
4/5/2013 07:46:31 am
Thanks for sharing! Your work is beautiful and it is very inspiring!
4/5/2013 10:16:50 am
It's so great you decided to do this post. I'm so proud of you and the photographer your becoming!
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Natalie Bee is a Spokane, Washington-based Birth Doula and Photographer, a mother of four willings, and a PNW native.