To blog, or not to blog…

Oooooh…..my very first blog.

In the movie “Sabrina”, (the newer one, with Harrison Ford – don’t judge me; Audrey Hepburn is one of my heroes) Sabrina says “Every time I look through a camera, I’m surprised. Like finding yourself in the middle of a story. I think I’ve been taking pictures all my life…long before I ever had a camera.”  This is me.  This describes me perfectly.

I have been an apprentice with a professional photographer for close to one year.  My husband made me do it. No…really. I came home from work one day, and he told me I had a meeting in a couple of days with a photographer. (Insert open mouth and sweaty palms.) I have been told by many people, always with a somewhat surprised tone, that I am “very talented” or have a “good eye”.  But I never wanted to put myself, or my work, out there (where is “there”?). Especially if there was any chance they weren’t going to flood me with compliments. Ego is difficult and fragile thing.  “My” photographer was straight forward. And no, it wasn’t all compliments. This is real life.  But we instantly connected and I knew I would learn a lot. I have always wanted to venture out – sell my photos or start taking pictures of… PEOPLE! (Gasp!!)  So, I was off to the races.  Even if it was against my will.

Below is one of the very first photos I took as an apprentice.  It was a post-wedding family celebration party. Neither the bride nor the groom were particularly fond of the camera. They would literally run from us and dodge us at every turn.  It was a dark room with mirrored ceilings and I thought I was going to throw up I was so nervous.  I felt like I took more pictures of cupcakes and champagne glasses than of the couple. Cupcakes don’t run from you….and they were really pretty cupcakes!! This event was when I learned I hated flash.  Hate, hate, hated it.  In reality, I hated it because I didn’t understand it. Funny how that works.

I like this photo though.  It was a real moment; a genuine smile.  I considered myself lucky to capture it.  I would be from this moment on, intrigued and terrified of shooting weddings!

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