4 Ways to Grow Your Photography

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I wrote this post quite awhile ago and I wanted to give it a bit of an update.  With a couple years of photography under my belt my learning curve has sky rocketed.  Thanks to endless videos of watching other photographers edit and even sweet friend Megan always offering me tidbits that I try to keep track of.  So I figured I would try to organize my favorite tips to help you grow your photography, as well.

Shoot film

I’m a big proponent of shooting film. And not just for the dreamy photos! But more because as someone who grew up in the digital camera age, I’ve only really known point and shoot.  The concept of aperture, ISO and shutter speed was a learning curve for me, but checking the back of the camera made it easy + quick for me to learn.  Film takes that comfort away.

Film forces me to know rather than just try.

I no longer can check to see what my photos look like instantly, I have to have the confidence in myself to know I can get the shot without checking it.  I also think film helps us stay in the moment a little more and worry less about Instagram worthy shots – but that’s for another chat!

Take more bad photos

A little misleading I know. But the only way I’ve truly learned is by taking bad photos.  Failing at something is quite eye opening.  It taught me what I do and do not like about photos.  And ultimately helped me find my own photography style.

4 Ways to Grow Your Photography

Practice, practice, practice.

I so wish I could tell you there was an ‘easy’ button to push to grow your photography. But there simply isn’t.

Get out and practice every day.  Even if it’s just for fifteen minutes under a local flowering tree 😉 just  p r a c t i c e.

I once watched a CreativeLive video (one of my favorite place to learn) about a professional photographer who booked high end wedding clients with a photo of … an orange.  A single orange placed on a table booked him weddings.  How? He created such a beautiful image of something so simple, a destination wedding would have been a breeze for him.  Whether you are in paradise or not it really doesn’t matter.  You need to be able to create something from ‘nothing’ to grow your photography.

Anyone can make paradise look good.

Get inspired

Not to be confused with, go copy.  Creativity + plagiarism seem to go hand in hand a lot lately.  Whether rightly so or not. And to be fair… it can be confusing.

Here is an example of a recent inspiration for me that led to my favorite photos:



Plagarism? No.

Inspiration absolutely.

While some would argue the line between the two is quite broad + finite, I would beg to differ. Just a bit.  Mainly because of  a l l  our sources of inspiration, Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube, etc.   The inspiration can almost feel quite drowning and I think being completely original is quite the task anymore.

So how to fight the fine-ish line?

Practice identifying what you love in photos.  For instance, India Earl’s complete lack of “posing” gets me drooling every day.  And Rebecca’s ultra soft + airy film photos remind me to always check my aperture because I love shooting wide open.  Copying will only get you in hot water and ultimately hurt your skills.  Inspiration is key.

I could talk about photography all day or watch videos of photographers editing or googling the best way to shoot for my tiny – yet mighty  – Sony camera.  How do you love to grow your photography?  What helps you learn the most?


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