Behind the Scenes of a Photographer

“Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.”
— Anonymous

Hello Readers, Followers, and Fellow Photogs!

This week’s blog circle topic is a Day in the Life of a Photographer. Sounds glamorous, right?! 🙂 The last time we had a similar post (read it here), I walked you through what goes into prepping, photographing, and delivering a wedding. This week, I’m going to go into some detail on four things that help me to create the best experience possible and delivering memories that are cherished for a lifetime.

The first thing on my list is education. No matter how long you have been taking pictures, there is always room for education. Education around using different tools such as Lightroom or Photoshop. There is also eduction around photography basics or even classes around business. I’m so happy I found Heather Kendall Lahtinen of the Flourish Academy.

There are a variety of online videos, classes, and podcasts around photography and running a photography business.

No matter where you are in your photography journey, I suggest you find a way to incorporate continuous learning to hone in your craft and grow!

Second on my list is practice! In order to grow as a photography you need to practice. You need to pick up your camera or open that software and try things out that you learned in that education. There are many ways to practice. You could join a 52 week photography challenge or you could join a community of other photographers.

One way I learned and practiced was joining the Flourish Academy Camera Club. I started out being a fly on the wall at the events and now today I lead the Camera Club Explorers. We explore potential session locations while also learning to get better a various photography methods.

There are many groups out there, search them and see what fits for you and join one! It will really help you continue your growth as a photographer.

The next thing you need is a camera! No matter what kind of camera you have or that you are using, make sure you read the manual. Learn all the dials and buttons. Learning to use your camera is just as important as learning compositions or various methods.

You can take amazing photos with any camera as long as you know how to use it. When I pick up a new camera, I try to understand how it works first before going into a session. Knowing what all the buttons and dials do should be second nature to you while you are out capturing amazing moments.

And last but not least, the fourth thing that helps me to create amazing experiences and beautiful portraits is you, the clients! Working with all the wonderful couples over the years has given me experience and confidence to continue to grow and be better for you! I have learned so much about how to enhance processes or new poses just by spending time with all the different couples. Thank you!


This post is a part of a photography blog circle featuring photographers specializing in a variety of niches.

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