No matter the profession you are in, education is always something that should be a constant factor in your life. When people think "education" they think about expensive books and classes that put you in debt. And well, yes, it is. But.... there are other ways to constantly educate yourself without all the money involved. Putting your ALL into what you are passionate about is the only way it will give back to you in return. How can you constantly push it to the next level? Make yourself better?? To begin, the Internet is a great way to find that answer! Seriously! The same Internet that has billions of memes and cat videos, also has helpful information. These are some of the ways I get crafty with learning so I can always work towards bettering my photography, and my business. I watch and listen to Webinars from famous photographers a lot. Most of them have a free hour to 2 hour long webinar that will give you oodles of information. Amy and Jordan are a couple that have two amazing free webinars. At the end of the webinar they always inform you about their whole training classes you can opt to pay for. But I don't. I just find another free webinar from someone else. I watch YouTube videos from famous photographers, all the time. Tony and Chelsea are amazing and are wonderful teachers. Sarah Petty actually has a free book all about marketing you can order; you just have to pay shipping. Keep your eyes peeled and there are all sorts of things you can do to further your education without paying for it. Another really amazing way to learn (that I have noticed a lot of people forget about) is the local library. Did you forget about that place? There are tons of business books, marketing books, and photography books. I found this book on how to specifically master light in photography...and it’s free of course! That is just way too cool for me. Light is so intriguing to learn about, it can be the difference between an okay photo, or an outstanding portrait that has to be hung on a 20x16 canvas in your entryway. Yes, it is important to pay real money for the education you want, but in the mean time, fill your space with ways to better your life. Instead of watching that fail-compilation on YouTube, watch a video about how to crochet. That is after all how I learned to crochet, and now I can use that skill to make little crochet animals that hang on the end of my camera lens!
These portraits I took are of my niece Caroline. We were all together for dinner grilling some yummy steaks. I had felt super inspired from a recent webinar I had watched about light and I said, “Caroline, go put on a dress and follow me!”. I wanted to challenge myself in a super difficult location with spotty light, and they turned out so fun!