Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Being Vulnerable

Soooo, I've been wanting to learn photography for some time now and if you've been a BLAHg follower long enough, you know that I finally bit the bullet and enrolled in classes late last year. I've been blog stalking photographers for several years now and revelling in the beauty of their photographs; one day I realized that I should stop looking and start doing.

I've been threatening all my friends and family that I was going to start "practicing" on them and last Saturday, I had my first chance. One of my BFFs is having a baby in May and we decided to do a little maternity shoot. Of the several photos I took, I think I got just a few decent shots -- I've been playing around in photoshop all week. If you're a photographer, PLEASE leave me advice on how to improve...I'd LOVE some constructive feedback. Please know I'm a novice, though, and just getting started. Showing you all these pictures is showing major vulnerability AND I'M TOTALLY FREAKING OUT!!! Having said's Clare! (Of the sneak previews I've given her she likes them, and really that's all that matters, right?!?!)
Uh hello, sassy mama!

She can't wait to bring the baby through those doors!

Um, perhaps the cutest thing ever!!!
The traditional bump pic...but I still love it!

Is my friend just too cute, or what?!

Say it with me now....ahhhhhh!


SITS Girls said...

They came out great!

I am a photoshopaholic.... LOVE it and it has turned my into a total photo snob.

Welcome to SITS, we are thrilled to have you join us!


Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

I think they're great pictures - and your friend is seriously adorable!

Dropping by to welcome you to SITS - so glad to have you join us!

Anonymous said...

Great photos. I love belly pictures.

Welcome to SITS!

kari and kijsa said...

These are, LOVE the one with the measuring tape!
kari & kijsa

Living with Lindsay said...

JJ, I seriously love them! Great job! The one with the measuring tape is literally TDF. LOVE!

Tamara aka Cheapskate Mom said...

Those pictures are beautiful!! You did great!! Congrats to you for going forward and DOING something you love instead of just blog stalking people living your dream, lol!

Popping by to welcome you to SITS!!

Pam said...

I think your pictures are great. I'm no photographer but I can pass on a little advice via my sister-in-law. She is really into photography and one things that she did when she started doing shoots was to look through magazines and catalogs. She studied the way they would pose people, and she ripped out the good poses. She made them into a file book. When she was shooting someone she would find the pose she wanted them to do and say, "Here. Do this." This may be totally elementary photography stuff, but it worked for her when she was getting started.

Good luck to ya. Pam

southerninspiration said...

I'm far from being a photo expert, but I think they look amazing! She is so cute, and you did get some great shots...I like the idea above of using good pics for inspiration.


Sturgmom said...

What a cutie!! I so desperately want to learn to take even decent photos. They don't have to be good, but I'd prefer them not look like a 5 yr. old took them with a Fisher Price digital. You're doing GREAT!

Ashley said...

Stopping in from SITS!
The pictures are great and your friend is darling that pregnant. I was huge when I was that close to the end of my pregnancy. Ha ha.

Joy said...

Beautiful photos!

Welcome to the SITS community - it's great to have you join us!

Rhea said...

Nice photos! I love her in the green. Good job.

I'm here from the SITS Welcome Wagon! I've been a member for a long time,and I've read so many fun blogs, met so many amazing women, and really enjoyed being a part of this community. Welcome to the SITStahood!

Contemporary Portraits said...

Girl!! These are great!! If I still had my pictures from I first started you would laugh!! I really think you are doing it the right way! I think I did about 100 free shoots to practice and get my name out and get a decent portfolio! When I started there were no blogs or actions or digital!!!! Looking at people’s blog for inspiration is a wonderful idea!!!! There is not seminar you can go to ,no book you can read, it is literally just practice!! I think that if you are shooting like this now the sky is the limit for you!! Please let me know if I can ever answer any questions for you or just to chat!!
God Bless!!