For three years, since picking up my first DSLR and beginning my hobby, I have experimented with many types of photography and processing. Except portraiture. It’s an area that I’ve been apprehensive about.
I’m not sure why except that shooting landscapes and objects are strictly for myself. For my enjoyment and if anyone else doesn’t like what I do, well…it doesn’t really matter!
When it comes to photographing people, it goes a step further. The photos taken are for someone else. They mark a special time in that person’s or people’s lives. If the photos are duds, it goes beyond my own disappointment and affects others. I don’t want to disappoint anyone!
Last October, my sister-in-law’s parents asked me to take their 50th Wedding Anniversary photos. I did it – reluctantly and not really knowing what I was doing.
A year ago, my brother asked me to take his family’s photos for their Christmas cards. I informed him that I would and it would give me good experience, however, it was not something I was comfortable doing. I warned him to please not be disappointed should they not turn out the way he hoped.
This may sound like I lack confidence in myself. I am a very confident person, except when it comes to photographing people.
I’m working on it though..working to build my confidence in that area.
Since those photo shoots a year ago, I’ve had the opportunity to do a little more practicing and building experience.
Here are a few of the photos from the year, starting with the first one of that 50th Anniversary photo!
As you can see, I’m branching out – branching out of my comfort zone!