Then & Now: My First Photo Blog - Taylor Clarke Photography

Then & Now: My First Photo Blog

One of my favorite things to do is look back at some of my old photos I've taken and design work I've done just to see the progress I've made and how far I've come. To think I've made it from an old manual Canon camera to where I'm at now, writing my first blog post on my own website...well it's all a bit humbling.

My progress in becoming a "photographer" to some may seem slow, but to me, it's a pace that I feel is comfortable and has allowed me the most growth. I still use the first DSLR I purchased, which is nothing fancy. I'm still building my array of lenses and equipment; each purchase methodical and reasonable.

I've always been a firm believer in learning things from the ground up, instead of jumping in at the top level and thinking that's got all your problems solved. I learned how to shoot manually, learned how to properly edit my photos and the functions of Photoshop, and most importantly learned how to compose a photograph; all before getting any "state-of-the-art" equipment. Anyone can go out and buy the nicest camera, the nicest lens, and the prettiest accessories, but what makes a photographer is allowing yourself to learn from the ground up and teaching yourself the essentials. Even if that means starting with an iPhone! 

I'm comfortable with my own pace and where I'm at now - I enjoy learning new things every time I pick up my camera or open up an Adobe program. That's the beauty of not rushing into a profession; you can truly appreciate it for what it is, what it means to you, and why you do it. I've never been, and never will be, in this profession for the money. I'm in it for the preservation of memories and beautiful moments that can be frozen in time and kept forever. Because you can't put a price on memories.

The photo slider above my post is a series of seven shots that I've taken over the past few years, all in order from the oldest to most recent. While they're not all the same style or subject, I love seeing my photos progress, especially in the way I've learned to use and manipulate natural light. 

My goal with this blog is to share my thoughts behind my photos, and to also give myself an outlet to write, which is another one of my favorite things to do. It will also give me a chance to feature certain sessions that I do for clients outside of my own personal photography. 

I hope you all will follow along and learn a little bit more about me and what goes on inside my head while I'm behind the camera ;)


-T-


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