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Strengths and Weaknesses

  • Strengths and Weaknesses

There’s a certain arrogance that can creep up within a photographer.  You capture an amazing wedding, start to finish and all of a sudden, for a short season, you think you’ve mastered every aspect of photography. It’s similar to riding a bike.  You just get the feel for it and you GO! However, you don’t know everything.  You’re not 100% sure of how to handle the turns or how much to slow down in loose gravel (I understand this all too well. I have dozens of bike accident stories from my childhood, just ask Michael!… actually, don’t ask, they’re so embarrassing!)

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Once a photographer gets the feel for something, it’s so easy to believe that you’ve learned all you can, you’ve mastered it.  I mean, just look of those images! How much better can they get? Right? …. Wrong.  So so wrong. This moment came for me after I shot Kenny and Christy’s gorgeous wedding last spring. It went beautifully and some of their portraits are still some of my most treasured shots.  I remember thinking that I had captured everything that way I had envisioned it.  The ceremony shots were on point, the details were fun and creative, the portraits.. oh man the portraits!!! I LOVED this wedding! But for a short period of time, I lost the balance between confidence and my willingness to learn.

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If I can offer any tip, any word of advice to other photographers that we just starting off, it would be this : You will NEVER master EVERY aspect of photography! (Encouraging right?) The point is that you will NEVER stop learning.  The moment you think you know everything is the moment you stop growing and that is an extremely dangerous place to be if you’re serious about growing your business.  For me, I keep this in check by constantly evaluating my strengths and weaknesses.  My strengths right now would be portraits. I LOVE them! My weakness right now are Macro detail shots. I’m just not that amazing at them and I don’t totally understand how to get the shots I realllllly want.  So I practiced! and practiced and practiced! I still haven’t mastered details but every time I try, I get a little bit closer to achieving the shot I want!

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I practiced with my ring…. of course.  Maybe I wanted to do a helpful post or maybe I just wanted to show my ring off! ha! Whatever the case, I hope this was helpful for at least one person! So practice! Believe in yourself, but continue to be humble and you’re GOING to grow! Goodluck!

14 Comments Personal, Photography
  1. Melody reply

    Looks like you have mastered it to me! This is beautiful..What lens did you use for this?

  2. Rebekah reply

    SO true! starting shoots again after a winter’s break gave my self-sufficiency a pretty blunt meeting with reality… thanks so much for posting this!

  3. Michael reply

    OH I know some good stories. You can email me at michael@thefutureofinspireddesigns.com if you wanna learn the truth of her bike riding skills (that’s not a real email, though it should be). That’s a sweet ring…the guy who picked it out must have great taste. See ya when you get home from NEWARK!!!

  4. Jessica reply

    frankly, could only focus on how lovely the ring is :) but i think this is a really phenomenal post. and very well-said. enjoy your trip!

  5. Jessica Beale reply

    Hahahaha….Oh bike accidents. Before you mentioned Michael having good stories, thoughts of riding bikes while carrying boogie boards came flooding through my mind!! :D This was an incredible post…as always. Love you, KK! Have fun in Newark!

  6. em reply

    look at that bling. shoot girl, who you be datin’.

  7. -brittany- reply

    so so true! you did a great job on these macro shots and I love your ring…it is gorgeous!

  8. melissa oholendt reply

    This is so so SO true. I have been so convicted lately by my tendency to play it safe. Growth is uncomfortable, growth is (sometimes) painful – I need to get to the point where I am pushing and striving and getting out of that darn comfort zone! Amazing things happen when I really push myself I just need to do it. Thanks for the reminder!! (PS – go team go on the macro shots!! Lobe that last shot!)

  9. Kia Gregory reply

    True, true! I think I just went through that this past weekend when I had to shoot inside a building. THe building was beautiful but I was still scared out of my mind because it wasn’t OUTDOORS. I love outdoors. Anyhow, now it’s over and I can’t wait to find another cool indoor location!

  10. Jasmine* reply

    LOVE this post! :)

  11. Rachel Clarke reply

    Beautiful! I have an emerald cut too – they’re just brilliant aren’t they?!

  12. caroline reply

    oh my goodness…youre kind of a big deal :)
    i like that first shot….the ring…the COLORS. yep.
    i kinda like you too….even if your legs don’t look like megan boutchyards ;)

  13. Kristi Schneider reply

    Great stuff! Gorgeous pictures! What lens are you using here? I need to add one like that to my gear!

  14. admin reply

    @kristi it’s a really cheap 50mm macro! haha I would suggest getting an upgraded macro bc this one is super slow!

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