Growing up, I never dreamed that I would start a career in photography. It was never a goal of mine and my plans were much different. I had always loved to look at beautiful photos, but taking them myself? Out of the question!
Goals and aspirations sometimes have a way of changing as you get older, and mine were no exception. To be quite honest, I don’t know if I ever would have gotten into photography if it weren’t for this blog. Becoming a blogger has opened up my eyes to so many different things, photography being one of them.
A very large part of being a successful blogger is also being a photographer. Blogs require good visuals, and having photos are a necessity. There are bloggers out there who don’t do their own photography and rely on stock photos, and that’s perfectly okay too! When I first started out, I used a lot of stock photos and rarely used my own photography. I had no idea where to start and thought that the theme of my blog and my visual appeal would be much better with stylish stock photos
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I could have been perfectly content with using stock photos, and I was for awhile, but when so many other bloggers out there are using the same stock photos, you can start to blend in a little bit. It can be really confusing to a reader to visit one blog and then hop on to the next one, only to see the same exact photo with similar content.
When I started to notice that many other people were using the same images as me, that’s when I realized that I wanted my blog to be unique and I wanted to learn how to take photos so I wouldn’t have to rely on other people!
Once I was determined to learn about photography, I started teaching myself how to edit photos, make them brighter, more clear, and prettier. I had already spent a lot of time on Photoshop learning how to create beautiful blog graphics, custom text, and patterned font colors so I was familiar with the program.
Photoshop was easy to me, but the real difficulty was with Lightroom. I spent a lot of time taking photos with my iPhone 8 and trying to edit them in Lightroom. I played around with the exposure and taught myself how to create my own filters and presets. I was able to get by with using just my iPhone for photos, but was still relying on stock photos every once in awhile to keep my blog theme cohesive.
At this point I knew that I wanted to get a camera so I could take really great photos and I made it a goal to get a camera by Christmas. Luckily enough, my mother made it possible and I was able to get a brand new Canon camera, which I’m in love with! I never knew that I had such a knack for photography, or that I could find so much enjoyment in doing it.
The very day that I got my new camera I already had a friend willing to pay me to take photos of her children (and I hadn’t even started yet!) I never thought that I could potentially make a career out of photography, but as I get more familiar with my camera and test the waters a little bit more, I feel more and more excited every day to become a photographer.
Sometimes pursing one dream shows you that another dream is right around the corner and there are so many possibilities out there. I’m no longer just a blogger starting out, I’m a budding photographer who learns more and more every day and truly has a passion for it.