Professional Wedding Photographer
Koreatown, Wilshire Center
3871 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Phone number (213) 384-0058
The most-asked question I receive from photographers is, “How did you start your journey as a wedding photographer?” I photographed three weddings in October of 2006, then shot 38 weddings in 2007…all without formal training or money. When I began, I dared myself to dream and fail. My husband, JD, and I planned that I’d give this whole photography thing a try for one year, and if it didn’t work, I’d go back and reclaim my scholarship to law school.
Okay, so that’s the story, but most people who ask want to know the how. What was the lynchpin holding my dreams and reality? Well—at the risk of being repetitive—I can attribute my growth and development to three main things…although I’m the first to say I probably did everything wrong, and this advice isn’t worth the time it takes to read it…but it’s still my story nevertheless…
I started my ‘business’ with a Canon 20D and a 24-70mm F/2.8 lens. That’s it. I had nothing else, but I took what I had and made it work…much like anyone else starting out. Now, I knew nothing about my camera. Nothing. I read and reread my manual, then set out and practiced. And practiced. Then I scoured the web for answers when I didn’t know what an f-stop was.
Practice and honing a craft is the key to growing success. Hands down. There isn’t a magic pill to just get better. Trust me, I prayed for it. And it didn’t come in a package on my doorstep…it came, rather, in the form of blood, sweat, and tears. Day after day of giving myself practice assignments with my camera, second shooting, and participating in photography forums to help my progress.
If you’re not getting better, go and practice. Also, if you find this blog useful or you might need of any advice and other tips I can help I only one call away!.