Whitney A Photography | Stay Humble
In a most recent blog post posted here “Fauxtographers” go away! , I was reminded and encouraged to Remember Where I Came from, Grow, and to Always Stay Humble. Hunter Leone is one hilarious photographer as he goes on telling his story of how he once was a “fauxtographer” and gives his story on one of his first newborn sessions. Many may not know, outside of the photographer community, but Hunter is big time photographer over at Three Nails Photography and collaborates with Greater Than Gatsby and produces some amazing actions and presets that can be used to style your photography similar to his editing style. AKA- he is BIG time.. He shares some of his journey in all its glory- the good, the bad, and the ugly! In the words of Hunter, Stay Humble.
Above, I’ve posted my very first newborn session compared to my newest (photographed last Thursday *7 days ago*) newborn. As you can see…. I sucked! I borrowed about 95% of the things shown from one of my friends who was too a photographer. I remember Sam saying “How are you going to offer a newborn session in studio and you don’t even have a floor drop!?” After this newborn session, it was a sad reality check that I was not in the boat to photograph newborns, or any other indoor studio sessions. Samantha and I started working together, photographing newborns left and right to grow our knowledge and learn while having 4 hands instead of 2. Safety was definitely our main concern, so we were constantly watching videos and learning from other photographers, how they did things, their workflow, any little tidbits others were willing to share, we were observing and absorbing. I remember after our first official newborn session together we were on cloud nine! We ROCKED that session!! Looking back… it’s just a hot mess.. haha MY editing was all over the place, lighting was flat, babies skin was all sorts of colors… but by George we were doing it!! We offered many, many free and discounted newborn sessions until we were comfortable enough to charge. In that time frame we both grew. In that 6 months, I learned more about photography, editing, style, my camera, than I had ever knew. Although we are half a Country away, we chat on the daily and are always asking each others opinions.
I was most definitely a fauxtographer! I had a dream and was just starting out! I remember setting up little sessions in our kitchen, outside in the backyard… Anywhere that I thought looked appealing. I vividly remember doing a 4th of July mini with me and my kiddos posted up in the backyard.. For some reason, this photo is still my husbands background on his iPad. I remember scrolling through the wives page seeing someone commenting about all these fauxtographers around here posted up in their backyard wanting people to pay them for their work….. (Inserts raised hand! Because that was MEEEE!!!) I am so thankful for the ones who’ve stuck around through my good, back and ugly phases!! You guys truly believed in me or either had some serious momma goggles on… 😀
Anyhow, I would love to share some of the classes or tutorials that have helped me along the way. Some I can’t even tell you where because I had just randomly stumbled on them.. I have taken courses from Kelly Brown, Jasmine Star, Susan Stripling, Julia Kelleher, Aaron with Phlearn, oh and Clickingmoms.com –and many many many online tutorials and reading.
If you have a dream, you can achieve it. It may not be pretty at first, and it isn’t easy; it takes hard work, dedication, many many hours of sweat, stress, and being on the computer…. but if you are willing to work for it… anything is achievable! Stay Humble.
If you’d like to see more photos of this beautiful baby girl, Mrs. Clara, I will be blogging her session later on in the week!! Visit often to read more and see added information on my Facebook page and on my website!