There it is right in front of you, that moment where it is time for you to take that tiny little dream that you have, and make it happen.
You have to jump out of that circle called your "comfort zone" and Do Epic Shit! You have to talk to people you never talked to and write emails to people you have never met before, and on top of all of that you have to make yourself cool enough for them to want to respond.
In honor of thanksgiving, I wanted to take this week to be thankful. To say, thank you to those who got me started in this industry, to the husband that has been by my side, to the parents who have always believed in my wildest dreams, and to the brothers who will back me into a corner until I say I got this. And to those dear, dear photographers who opened emails, responded to text messages, and who even invited me to second shoot with them; you have been there for me when I had no clue what I was doing, Thank you!
After emailing Rebecca at R & J Studios to do my bridals, I reached out to her again to see if she ever offered mentoring session for fellow photographers or to people who thought that photography might be the route for them. She told me she would let me know when she had set up the next group for photographer jam session and I could come if I'd like.
We met up downtown parked a few of our cars, and drove around to different locations with a couple of different models in tow. This is the is the day I met Stacy A at Stacy Anderson Photography and after talking in our little photography group she invited me on one of her weddings, as an assistant/second shooter. Yeah we are crazy like that.
Once I arrived to the wedding in Galveston, TX, nerves set in, hands start sweating, and I am a nervous wreck, setting were all kinds of jacked up and I honestly had no clue what I was doing. I mean who in their right mind wants to be responsible for the outcome of the most special day of someone's life? Apparently us wedding photographers.
The picture above was taken at my very first second-shooting gig, as a "photographer". I came prepared with my very first DSLR and all the lenses I had convinced my husband I just "had" to have. I also rented a much more professional camera but didn't think I needed lenses because I knew nothing at this point, obvs. I had only one lens that would actually fit on this camera and it was the 50mm lens, at that moment it was my holy grail. Stacy was kind enough to let me us some of her lenses to play with. But mostly, I sucked royally so thanks Stacy for putting up with me then and the 20+ weddings we have done thus far. If you are a photographer or know your way around a camera you can tell by my settings that I had no clue what I was doing. I just was like okay the picture is totally visible.
The aperture should have been lower to allow more light in, the shutter speed should have been higher to avoid blur thankfully this little shell wasn't going any where fast. But after editing it in Lightroom and an iPhone application this is what I was able to make out of it.
I didn't know much of what I was doing, but I did it. I stepped out of my comfort zone, I asked questions, I sent emails, and I met complete strangers. And now I have had the pleasure of working with such photographers like Rebecca, Stacy, and Dana F. at Dana Fernandez Photography. I am so glad I have had the opportunities that I have had thus far and I can't wait to see what the future holds in my own photography business ventures.