Alright here it is, my first blog. I have always loved taking pictures, but have never thought of it as a career or even side job until very recently. I woke up one was morning and thought… why not!? I’ve always been the type to get scared of anything out of the norm. I’m a routine type of gal. Get up, get the kiddos ready, go to work, get the kids, come home and do it all again the next day. I find it comforting. So taking this jump is very uncomfortable for me. With which come excitement and opportunity!
I made a few small investments in my equipment, buckled down to watch every youtube video/read every blog post I could find on my camera, started showing people my work and then finally booked my first shoot! Now not just any shoot, a WEDDING. Cue anxiety!!! At first I was very apprehensive to the idea. After thinking it over though I came to the conclusion that when life hands you an opportunity… TAKE PICTURES OF IT!!!
Which brought me to this session. I decided to start offering sessions to friends and family to get as comfortable with my camera as humanly possible. I immediately thought of my cousin Brittney and her husband Tyler. When we were kids she was more like one of my sisters we were so close and I still think of her as one. These two are so easy going and were so willing to donate their time to my craft that I will be forever grateful. Also BONUS FEATURE: They brought their new puppy!
Meet Scout! Oh was she energetic! But very well behaved… only tried to escape once. 🙂
Now most folks in Casper know exactly where Rotary Park is. With the beautiful falls and mountain scenery it’s an ideal place for good pics. I have been there multiple times but get lost along the way every time. (Not due to it’s location, just because I am that type of person, you know the one who is always getting lost… even to their own home.) So I headed up a little early to make up for my “directional inhibition”.
I scheduled the shoot for 5:45 because I knew it would be raining until 6:00. Wanting to scope out the perfect background I started up the falls in the pouring rain. So by the time Brittney and Tyler show up I am dripping wet smiling from ear to ear so excited to start hitting that shutter button!
Now one thing I have always loved about photography is that you can know someone your whole life and not really notice a lot about their features until you see them behind a lens. As the shutter clicked and I gazed at my viewfinder, I was floored. “Holy smokes! Brittney’s smile rocks!” was all I could think. It lit up the whole mountain! Not to mention these two have some amazing chemistry!
At times photos can get awkward or uncomfortable in a certain pose, so as the photographer I need to be anticipating those moments and coach them out of it. But when I thought I saw one of those moments coming was when I got some of my favorite shots! They would look at each other and both share the cutest laugh without any coaching on my part!
These two were such troopers throughout the whole process. Because of the rain, dirt did what dirt does and turned to mud. Now I know no one wants to trudge through a muddy mountain or sit on a wet log, but they did without so much as a second thought. You would never know the conditions from the pictures! They were rockstars!
All rain and mud (so much mud!) aside this shoot was a complete success. I enjoyed getting back behind the camera and being able to capture this amazing couple’s love for each other. I’m definitely itching for my next session!