Shop Talk – The beginning. {Minneapolis Children’s Photographer}

I have wasted so much time and money. So much. Really. A lot. When I first decided I wanted to be a “professional” photographer, I didn’t know where to start my learning process so I grasped at everything. And tried everything. And bought everything. Oh how I wish I could do it all again and weed out everything I didn’t need!:)

I read so many books and blogs and websites and sometimes all the information was too much to process. I was so overwhelmed with conflicting opinions and people telling me something because they had their own motivations.

The more I dug, the better I wanted to become. I didn’t want to be the type of photographer who does cheap work and doesn’t care. I wanted to get better. I still want to get better.

I know that some of you are like me.

Yesterday my family and I were out enjoying the beautiful snow-melting weather when a woman approached us saying that she reads my blog. {I was beyond flattered!} After some chatting I learned that she herself loves photography and strives to improve her skills. As I love tech talk and helping people, we decided to set up a time to have a play date with our kids and talk shop.

And I decided to do something on my blog that I have thought of for a long time. I decided that I want to start talking shop with you too. Not because I am better than any of you. Not because I have all the right answers. Not because I am so wise that the world would be missing something if I did not post these blogs.

Just because it might help someone out there. Just because I enjoy sharing what I have learned.

So, my next shop talk blog post will be about never putting your camera away until the very end. Not simply the end – but the VERY end. You will see what I mean…

  • March 16, 2010 - 12:35 pm

    Marcia (Jessica's Mom) - Personally I think you are the BEST! And I look forward to learning from what you plan to share. I’ve started taking my camera to work because there are always wildlife moments as we travel from our home in the country into town. Thanks Jessie

  • March 16, 2010 - 9:02 pm

    Sonja Krasean - Yay for playdates, photography, and neighbors! Can’t wait to hang out and learn more from your blog posts. Talk to you soon. -Sonja

  • March 16, 2010 - 10:27 pm

    Sara Mohs - What a great idea, Jessie! And not just for you talented photographers. This will be great for us hacks too! p.s. I love your blog! It’s such a bright spot in my inbox

  • January 6, 2011 - 4:07 am

    Joyful Journey: The Beginning {Minneapolis Engagement Photographer} » Joyful Girl Photography Blog - […] all but I like them anyway. I have already started some photography shoptalk (see here and here and here), but I thought I would have a place to bundle all lifes tidbits together […]

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