learning, Lifestyle, Portraits

How it all started

Hi friends! Long time no see write. I’m going to try to be better about keeping up with this little blog. I know I’ve said that before, maybe I’ll mean it this time.

I figured it might be a good idea to do a “how it all started” post to get back into the swing of things. I’m often asked how I got started in photography and how I learned to use my camera, so here goes.

Hi! It’s me Libby! Clickin Moms Click Pro Master and Hellostoryteller Mentor

My love for photography started as far back as I can remember: setting up photoshoots with my Cabbage Patch dolls and my 110 camera. It wasn’t until after my first child was born that I was motivated to learn the art of photography. Having an engineering degree, I assured myself that I could certainly figure out a camera. And so I did, and my love of photography was sent on an exponential path.

I started out by reading books and doing research online.  I took a local photography class and watched a lot of online tutorials.  Soon, as luck would have it, I found out that a local photographer wanted to start teaching moms how to use their camera.  Perfect!  Sign me up!  I also signed up for one on one mentoring with another photographer whose style I identified with and from that point forward everything “clicked” for me.

After that, its been a whirlwind of a journey.  I’ve taken tons of online courses from Clickin’ Moms, Milky Way, Chic Critique, Chubby Cheek Photography, Plural Site, and others that I’m surely forgetting.  I love to learn and grow, so I’m always looking for the next class to click my photography up a notch.

In 2017, I decided to prepare a portfolio submission to apply to become a Click Pro Master with Clickin Moms. I studied their grading rubric and practiced all categories from light, composition, color, etc. Finally, at the very beginnning of 2018 I took a leap of faith and applied. And guess what….I was accepted!! Excited would be an understatement. This has given me the opportunity to meet and collaborate with many other artists that are always willing to share their talents and knowledge.

I’ve more recently decided to offer a few small courses through Hellostoryteller. If you are interested in those or any tutorials I have written for Clickin Moms see this page.

So there you have it! That’s my story. Other than that…I practice.  I shoot a lot.  All the time really.  I’m always learning and striving to get better.

The image that motivated me to create this site. It’s still one of my favorites to this day.

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