Now that the crazy frenzy of fall family sessions has died down, I have a little bit of time to share on my blog some some news about something that I am so excited about. A little over a year ago I joined an awesome community, Clickin’ Moms. I had known about this community for quite some time but hadn’t really explored it much. I can’t even remember specifically what got me looking into joining, but I do remember being amazed at all that it had to offer.
After joining, I learned of an elite group within Clickin’ Moms called Click Pro, that is invitation based on a scored set of 150 images. At the time I learned of the group I thought my goal would be to join at the beginning of the year (2016). Initially I thought, being confident in my photography, that coming up with a set of 150 images would be fairly easy since I had been shooting professionally for 3 years and had tons of images stored away on hard rives. But then I actually sat down and started culling through them, trying to make a set. After reading through the critique forums and joining a couple of prep groups, I had begun to see things with much more critical eye. Sure I had images that captured beautiful moments but I started to see so many things that could have been composed better or where lighting could’ve add much more interest. So a few weeks passed and weeks turned into months. During this time I pushed myself to shoot in times that I normally didn’t want to shoot (aka anything outside of the golden hour. :)) I started exploring the light found in my house. I practiced more using my speedlites. Then my goal became to apply before the end of July. Then July came and went and I still felt it wasn’t ready. Then September rolled around and I knew that things were about to get crazy with fall family sessions. I came to a point where I knew that I just needed to see what the outcome would be. I had poured my heart into this set and I was very nervous. I knew it could better but I was also satisfied with my work. So I took the plunge and submitted.
Then I waited for what seemed like an eternity…Twelve days to be exact. During that time, I had imagined how I would feel if I was rejected and how I would cope. I am, after all, very passionate about my photography so admittedly I think it would have been very difficult. I kept telling myself that as long as I am happy and satisfied with my work that it really shouldn’t matter. Thankfully, I didn’t have to experience that rejection and I was accepted!
So before I ramble anymore …here is my set. (It is a mix of client work and personal and I almost feel a little shy about sharing it on my mostly client work oriented blog.)
A year ago, I would have never imagined I would have grown as much as I have. Through this process I have pushed myself creatively and experimented, and because of that I am more confident in my art. Thank you to all of my awesome clients that trust me in what I do. And I can’t forget to thank all of the wonderful ladies that provided me feedback with set while I was working on it. I am certain that without that that feedback my set would not have evolved to what it is.