Sunday, February 28, 2010

Photographer Wanna-Be?

Beautiful photography studio* - I see a certain designer's influence, do You???

So, I'm doing my morning Facebook sweep, and see a comment by this talented (and recently published!) woman, about a photography feature on her friend, Marla. It all leads me to the read the feature interview on a lovely blog called The Savvy Photographer.

I know many of you like me, have awesome cameras, but don't necessarily feel your comfort and skill level matches the power of your equipment. I know I'm never fully satisfied with my images, and want to soak up anything that might make me a better amateur/hobbyist photographer. However, I find reading about the technical aspects of photography to be very dry, and quite frankly, not that inspiring.

What DOES inspire me are great images. I think for purposes of blogging, good, or at least decent pictures are of the utmost importance. There are many blogs full of great content, but if they're strewn with small, poorly-lit, flash-captured images, I'm unlikely to stick around. On the other hand, a blog could write little more than ya-da, ya-da, blah, blah, blah, but if the accompanying photos are amazing and tell the story, I'm glued.

I plan to have professional portraits taken of Avery, and then the newbie Giese when we're Stateside, so I've been trolling a lot of photography sites. I'd seriously donate a limb (well, maybe a lock of hair) to have a sitting with Marla, but probably need a Texas photog this go-round) Seeing various photographers' work has made it all the more evident that there are people with talent behind the lens, and then there are people who were BORN to capture the moments of life. Obviously, I'm hoping to hire the latter...

If you share my interest, check out The Savvy Photographer (no, I'm not being paid for the plug). Not only are the images to die for, but there's several sponsors who offer workshops and tutorials that just might turn you (and me) from a wanna-be to a self-respecting amateur photographer!
*Studio photo by Marla and Shane Photographers, as featured by The Savvy Photographer

11 comments:

Lavender and Lilies said...

Thanks for the tip. I always want to take better pictures.

my favorite and my best said...

so funny...i just found this photographer like 10 minutes ago..
click on portfolio and see his images of kids...they are awesome!!!
http://www.ithyle.com/

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

I am a photo junkie. There is NOTHING like a great photographer to capture those moments...nothing. Good luck on your search!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Ooooh...and check this one out. Birth photography...a hobby of mine...
http://www.dfwbirthphotographer.com/home/

Bailey @ peppermintbliss said...

thanks for the link...I was recently gifted with the most awesome camera ever and am super embarassed whenever I use it because I CLEARLY do not do this fine piece of machinery justice. I feel like I'm driving a ferrari 15 mph on a dirt road. It's just wrong.

Blondie's Journal said...

I would take a tutorial as opposed to reading a manual any day. And I have read from some bloggers that the photography classes they have taken have been so technical that they were quite discouraged. What's a girl to do?

I hope you are doing well, Alison.

xoxo
Jane

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

Oh MY her baby pics are amazing!! gorgeous!!

Carolyn said...

I think we've discussed this before...and I want to learn more too, but get about 2 paragraphs into these technical photog websites my husband shows me. I wish I knew of a photographer in Houston. My sister got those good ones of her two girls from candidchic, but I don't know about her entire portfolio. We want to see the finals of course!

Anna said...

Another passion that I would love to get into a little more extensively...will check out this Photographer work...we are due to have some nice family shots done soon I think before jacq is all big and grown . Thanks for sharing x

paula said...

can't wait to check it out. We hold meetings in our house, it would be fun to have a studio, especially that one!

Marija said...

Workshops and tutorials. Exactly what I need. I totally agree with your thoughts on blogs and image quality. Beautiful images say a lot. And it would be great if I could take terrific pictures for my kids' sake, too! Marija