Love Those Photos

I love looking at them and I love making them. I’m not addicted to Instagram but I am in awe of the images created by people around the world. Images the land in my feed that keep me coming back. I look when I wake up in the morning, after I take a shower, before I leave my home, before I get out of the car, and I look throughout the day. Instagram shows us a world different from our perspective on beauty, landscape, pain, suffering, love.

A photograph tells a story with an image. How fortunate are we to be able to share our stories, our world, so easily.

I’m Maria B., a headshot photographer.  I’ve always been a photo junkie of sorts. As a teenager I was drawn to the images in fashion magazines for more than fashion. The sense of “How did they do that” was the draw because as we all know, no one looks as good in real life as the models, actresses, and celebrities in magazines. Beyond fashion, the editorial pages also drew me in because these pages took creativity to another level. You couldn’t describe those photos with such a simple overused word as pretty.

I can’t give you details about my photographic journey except to say that it started decades ago. My father had a Kodak Instamatic camera. When I had saved up a little money I bought a Nikon film camera. With the coming of digital I bought a little Olympus Camedia with 6 megapixels. I took it with me to Disney World and attempted to shoot nighttime fireworks at Epcot:an epic fail. A friend who was deep into photography told me if I wanted to take photos like that, I needed a real digital camera. Hello Nikon D300! Then top of the line semi-pro, serious hobbyist camera. I was still new to photography with little understanding of the exposure triangle. And let’s not talk about flash despite the fact I owned what was then Nikon’s top of the line flash, the SB-800. Great camera the D-300, but if you weren’t well-versed in flash, that camera had no business coming out of the bag after 5 PM. Despite this, I got serious about photography. Much of my education came from experimenting and practicing, and practicing, and practicing.

I started doing small exhibits at work annually. People would call me to tell me how much they liked my work, but I knew I could do better. I started taking classes, reading more about lighting, exposure, and other facets of photography. Once Apple did away with Aperture, it’s photo editing program, I was forced to learn Lightroom. Thank you Apple. Still squirming from prior bad Photoshop experiences, I refused to use the program.

Not too long ago, I decided to ditch the D-300 (Not really. I still have it because it is a great camera). I now have a D-750. In the months prior to that purchase A professional photographer told me that once I bought the 750 it would change the way I see potential images. When the camera arrived and I starting taking photos around my home, I couldn’t believe my eyes.

You can’t own a camera like that and not enjoy its full potential. I revved up my classes, workshop, and conference attendance, and I began following the big time pros: Joe McNally, Sue Bryce, Lindsay Adler, Dixie Dixon, and more. And I started photographing people. 

For most of my photography life, I shot nature: flowers, sunsets, foliage, etc. I didn’t like photographing people maybe because I was shy. Well that’s behind me. I enjoy the interaction with models and clients. I regret what I missed for so many years but nothing happens before it’s time.

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I guess you can say the same about this blog and the place in life I now find myself: I’m about to complete a photography and retouching certification program from Pace University and a second photography certification from New York Institute of Photography, and I’m a month away from officially launching my photography business (So much work but I’m loving it).

I wake up in the morning thinking, in my world, I’d pack up my gear and go take some photos. My home looks like a photo studio. Hmmm! There’s a thought. 

This blog is part of making my dream into reality. Of course, in this blog I’ll be talking about photography, but you may also “hear” me talk about some other topic. You’re welcome to join the conversation and share your thoughts. Thank you for reading and thank you for your time.

Photographically yours,
Maria B.

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