All posts tagged: photographer

The Creative Struggle for Authenticity

I’ve got a struggle on my hands I’ve been at an epic creative standstill with myself. I want to create. I know what I want to create. But I don’t create it. I won’t rather. There are outside factors to this standstill, but none more prominent than the quiet understanding that if I do what I want, what I feel is within me, then I will loose something. Whether that something is important to me or not, I’m not really sure. That uncertainty alone probably leans me more towards it not being that important….but I guess I can figure that out later. I crave authenticity. I so desperately want nothing more than to live a life of transparency and vulnerability. I want people to be able to have conversation with me where I am open about things I’ve over come or things that I am currently in the process of overcoming and I want to bond with others over our mutual triumphs and glory. But in order to do that, I need to be authentic. …

So. I bought a camera…

Towards the end 2018 I went out on a limb and bought myself a DSLR. Since then I’ve been teaching myself a little here and there about photography and videography. I’ve posted about my videography a little bit but I hesitate to share my photos, mainly because I’m not the most confident with them right now. It also doesn’t help that I am constantly surrounded by creatives. Constantly. But, I’m changing this. I’m hoping to be able to use my camera to help me do what I love, blog and storytell through photos and videos. I am shooting with a Cannon T7i, and currently use my kit 18-55mm lens. At the moment it takes a lot of extra effort to not compare my style and skillset to those around me, but once I get there, I find myself really enjoying what I’m learning. I’m a recovering perfectionist, so starting new projects and learning new skills really stresses me out since I strive to be beyond excellent in everything I do almost immediately. BUT, that just …

Camera Confidence

I’m a blogger…obviously. That’s why you’re here. An aspect of blogging that I didn’t consider when I originally started was the importance of photography within your blog. Now, not everyone needs top-notch photography on their blog. It all depends on what exactly you are trying to brand. If you are branding your writing only, let’s say a poetry or creative writing, then photos may not be a priority of yours. If you’re branding yourself, your style, or a product of yours, great photography can place you on the same level as the top bloggers and get you the traffic that you need to create a bigger name for yourself. When I realized the importance of this for myself, since I am a blogger who is trying to brand herself, I became slightly overwhelmed for two reasons: I didn’t have access to photos that were any better than my shaky hand iPhone 6 photos, and I was not anywhere near comfortable being in front of a camera for an extended period of time. Luckily, I know …