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Then & Now, the Finale (Part 3) – A Revealing, Personal Blog

And finally…welcome to 2012.  (If you need to start from the beginning with opening statements and 2009/2010 images, click HERE.)

So please. Take away from this that you CAN do it. Just try. I HATE watching photographers complain about how they just aren’t “good”and they want all my “secrets”…but yet I find out they have been doing it for 4-5 years or more…and what’s lacking is their TECHNICAL aspect. They haven’t taken the time to learn their camera, clean post processing (or at least if it’s dramatic, for it to look good lol), and most of all, LIGHT. They just want it to fall into their laps..and that doesn’t happen! So go ahead and have a good laugh..just be nice and don’t make fun of me:)

These were all shot with either the Nikon d700 or D3s and with either a 50mm 1.4G (except the one toward the bottom of Erika laying on her boyfriend’s chest, that was with the 135mm f/2D DC lens:)Make no mistake, it’s not all about the gear though- I actually knew what the hell I was doing by the time 2011 rolled around:)You can have the best camera and lenses money can buy but you need to learn how to USE it and how to manipulate LIGHT. So important!!!

Keep trying!!

XOXO

Amy Cook

July 31, 2012 - 10:12 am

Kate - This just made my day. I have my first newborn shoot today:/ I’m SO nervous. Thanks for sharing!!

July 31, 2012 - 10:14 am

Shanna-Kaye Fancher - Your totally inspiring me to make a blog post like this…*shudders to think of the embarrassment*

I love seeing how far a photographer has come-and the details you shared where great. Thanks for taking the time to put this together!

August 1, 2012 - 7:54 pm

Samantha - <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

August 1, 2012 - 7:59 pm

Holly - Thank you so much for sharing this. It’s very encouraging for us beginners. It’s sometimes hard to stick with your gut and not just follow what everyone else is doing! Thank you for showing us how lovely it is to do your own thing!!

August 1, 2012 - 8:18 pm

Denise Sirk - Thank you for being vulnerable enough to share your growth and progress!! I think we’ve all been there and have embarrassing poses/portraits. Looking back at some of my earlier work makes me cringe too. I thought about taking some of those shots off of my page, but I like to look back and see how far I’ve come too. Your work is absolutely beautiful and you have a big heart for sharing this post with us. Thanks for inspiring!!

August 1, 2012 - 8:57 pm

Jen Dunn - What an inspiring story…it found me at just the right time when I am doubting myself and my work. I know with time and a lot of hard work and effort I too will be able to look back and have my “then and now” moments. You are an awesome photog to follow and I do almost daily…your work is beautiful. Please continue to share with the world.

August 1, 2012 - 9:26 pm

Rachel - Thank you SO much for sharing! I am just about to embark on my own photography business journey and this came just in time. Practice makes perfect, right?!

August 1, 2012 - 9:43 pm

Jennifer - Thank you so much for sharing your journey! You are very inspiring and it is wonderful so see photographers that are helpful and open!

August 1, 2012 - 9:55 pm

Jennifer Cantu - Wow great post! Very inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing!!

August 1, 2012 - 9:55 pm

Sherri - Thanks for sharing Amy! You are such an inspiration! <3

August 1, 2012 - 10:48 pm

Gillian - You are a saint for doing this. I adore your work and always look forward reading/looking at your FB posts in my feed. I’ve been into photography for a few years now, and would love to someday make a career out of it. I have my days (a lot of them lately) where I think I’m not cut out for this. Thanks for giving me a reason to keep going!

August 2, 2012 - 1:34 am

Kerri - I absolutely love this, it makes me feel so much better! I have my first family session this weekend and I am so nervous/ excited! This post calms my nerves a bit :)

August 2, 2012 - 10:12 pm

Michelle - Thank you so much for sharing this. I constantly tell myself to only compare my work to my work last year. It’s hard though. I love the work you do, love your posts and love how you are SO real! Keep it up, you are truly an inspiration to me!

September 12, 2012 - 9:33 pm

Amy Webb - simply put….you inspire me =)

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