Photo Session Footwear.

Nothing is worse than cold, wet feet. When out and about taking photographs especially here in Pennsylvania,

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when it’s the winter, early spring or fall,  I wear either my classic tall Hunter boots or my llbean bean boots. You don’t have to think about where you’re stepping or what you’re standing in with these puppies on. Although not the cheapest, they will last you many years of muddy, wet, or damp photo sessions. ☔️📷

Hunter Boots

llbean Bean Boots

*I do not get paid nor sponsored by Hunter or  llbean.

Camera:  iPhone 6

Current Obsession.

cmWhen I began my love affair with photography, it was all film, darkrooms, and chemicals. Now, in the digital era, it’s all megapixels, lightroom, and presets. Gah, where to begin?! There is so much information out there on the internet from youtube, to blogs, and forums. Google is the great and powerful Oz for everything but when there is too much information, it’s hard to learn in any organized way. It feels like I will never be able to learn it all! How do people have the time?

I work full-time, I’m a mom, I take college courses…I don’t have enough time in the day. Then recently somehow, probably a link, from a link to another, from another link, l came upon a website that I wish I discovered years ago.

Clickin Moms is beautiful and inspiring with tips, forums, tutorials and filled with so many talented women all there to help each other learn all things photography and it’s not just for moms. Without hesitation, I signed up for the monthly access membership to be connected to all this education, how could I not?? Plus, I found a discount code (see code below) on the Clickin Moms Facebook, which was 20% off for a year, so it’s less than $8 a month and worth it for the freebies alone.

Another option for members and non-members is their online Click Photo School. I am currently enrolled in the course, Mastering Manuel. I take the self-paced study along version in which I have access to all the assignments, videos and PDF booklets. I do not have the ability to post and ask questions to the instructor, but I can see and read everything. Instead, they have a separate forum for study along students to interact, post assignment pictures and bounce ideas among ourselves. The price difference is what motivated me to choose the study along course. $150 versus the $300. Don’t let the price scare you off. (it definitely almost made me). After reading the first PDF I already learned so much more than I did when googling. Be sure download/save everything for future use! I am so happy I enrolled despite my hesitation. I feel a site like this, where so many talented women photographers began was a perfect starting point for my journey.  Check out Clickin Moms here! and use code FB1720 for 20% off the monthly membership! Trust me, it’s so worth it.

Because life is never posed.

Photographs that show real emotion are my passion. I enjoy a good portrait, and there are some breathtaking ones I had the honor of seeing, but it is the photos that are taken without warning, raw, organic, maybe a little dark or blurred in some spots, to me, are magic. The picture above is a photo I took of my boyfriend of 11 years and our dog Charlie, unannounced and completely candid. His hair messy, cuts on his hands and I’m sure permanently dirty from his hard job. Real emotion caught in a moment.

You could plan your life as much as you can, but it will never turn out as planned. I welcome you to follow me on my journey of the second half of my life as I begin a voyage of becoming a lifestyle photographer. Even though in a sense, I am not a beginner. At the age of 12 I was placed in yearbook in middle school and then chosen randomly to take photos and work in the darkroom. The moment I developed my first picture, I knew what I needed to be. But of course, life happens and photography became something that I often thought about or admired but never fully jumped in. I did take classes in college, pretty much mastered iphone picture taking, but not until now, at the age of 40, I have decided to pursue this dream I had for so many years. I am unsure where it will take me, but this is a gift to myself and I know what is meant to be, will happen. I have a lot to learn, attempting to teach myself lightroom, finally getting away from the automatic function on my camera, different lens (I could go on and on!) and letting this take me on a journey that stopped before it even began.

Sony a6000  ISO 3200  50mm  f2.0  1/100 sec.