Wednesday, June 8, 2011

First Photo Session: Hannah, Summertime.

Yesterday I decided I needed to finally start learning how to work my camera. So my sister, Hannah, and I went to the backyard and down to the lake behind the house and took some photos. It was fun, but kind of confusing at times. I have a lot to learn, but I'm actually pretty excited about it! I really like it. I know that pretty much everyone and their brother is a "photographer." But it's something that I can actually see myself getting really into and maybe even being pretty good at...eventually.

Some favorites of the day:

Yeah, so...Obviously a beginner here! Ha. But, for my first real try, I wouldn't say I did...terrible? I dunno. Maybe I'm jumping the gun on that statement, but I have to say, I was pretty happy with how they all turned out. (I'm sure as I improve I'll look back on these and find multiple flaws with my work, ha.) In editing, I did notice things that I never would have before...Unappealing shadows, too much light, blahblahblah.

Mostly, it was just really fun spending time with Han. She really loved them, so that's what's most important to me. :)

I'm still accepting and much appreciating constructive criticism, though! If you have any tips, thoughts, or opinions...please share! I'd really love to know what you think about these, and what I may be able to improve on.


P.S. Hannah's super cool haircut? Yeah, uhhh, courtesy of moi...because I'm decent. Or maybe she just makes it look good... :)


  1. Aw, I really like these! I think the second to last is my favorite. I really like the composition of the photo.

  2. okay, it's the coolest thing in the world that you gave her that haircut..because it is too adorable. she looks really cute.

    and, i like all of these photos. I'm not a pro photography critic or anything, but i like them. and what matters most is that your sister liked them :).

  3. She's a gorgeous girl!
    I recently started shooting portrait sessions too. It's so nice to look back later and see how much you've improved. Good luck girl!

  4. Favorite is #5. Love the gold tones :)

  5. you framed these really well :) i like!
    my tip: ALWAYS shoot in manual. that's the quickest way to learn! also...if it's super bright out make sure your ISO is on the lowest setting...100-200...that'll smooth out your pictures and set a quick shutter speed!

  6. thanks so much, ladies!
    you're all so helpful.

    rachel: i shot mostly in manual. it was my first time using it. i'm such a beginner...i thought auto and manual were the same up until a few days ago. haha. thanks for the ISO tip. i'll be sure to remember that! :)

  7. no problem! just to clarify...setting a quicker shutter speed is separate from the ISO. ha...for some reason that sentence sounds weird to me the way i worded it.

    photography is so much fun. i have been taking pictures for several years but it wasn't until the last couple of years that I started shooting on manual only after a friend encouraged me to know my camera! definitely takes alot of practice and if you ever have a moment look through the manual your camera came with!

  8. rachel- ahh, i see! makes sense. :) i'll be sure to look through it's manual soon. thanks!


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