forays in photography

On a whim a few years ago, I bought a DSLR and had no idea what to do with it, so it sat collecting dust for a looooong time. This past year though, I've made a point of really taking it out and shooting more and more and, funny enough, some people have asked for paid shoots, which is super flattering. I've lined up a few family sessions in the coming months prior to my move, and I'm so excited to get out there and keep learning by doing. 


Trust me when I say that I have a lot to learn. I haven't taken any photography courses. I study lighting by doing more shoots and seeing what works best. I generally shoot in natural light because it makes for the best shots. I've struggled with self-doubt about it a lot because, well, who doesn't?


At the end of the day though, I really love what I do. It's just an added bonus that people want to shoot with me sometimes! I like doing styled shoots, but my preference is always natural - family, bridal, engagement, newborns, etc. Now that I'm moving to Arizona, I'm tempted to start shooting (and advertising) more often...but I fear rejection, so we'll see.

As an aside: if you live in New England and would like to shoot with me before I move, I'm offering mini family sessions now through December 2nd. For just $75, you'll get 30-45 minutes of shooting time, plus 20 edited high-res images on a disc. Just email melissabethphotography@gmail.com Shameless plugging :)

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  1. Awesome idea and pretty pics! I am too scared to get a fancy camera!

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    1. I love my fancy camera, but it took a long time to learn to use it properly :)

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  2. that's awesome dear. keep up the good work! before you know it you'll be shooting weddings! I never realized it when i started photographing earlier this year.
    -whit

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    1. Thank you! I sure hope I do get to shoot a wedding someday soon...I'm not sure I'm all that good, but I do love it.

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  3. go you! these are great :) i love my DSLR and i realize the more i use it, the better i get. who knew it worked that way? although i have a lot to learn still too..

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  4. Soo right now I'm really wishing I still lived in New England. Any chance you could come to Hawaii? Those photos are gorgeous!

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