Q&A Day: How did you get started?

July 31, 2014

I appreciate you all being patient with my blog as I try to get into a regular schedule.  I am trying very hard to post at least weekly and to keep up with the Q&A as well. 

Today's Q&A is something I get asked quite often while at a session. 
"What made you get into photography?" 

Without making this blog post SUPER long and certianly making you lose interest... this is the short version! :)

It is so common for everyone to want to become a photographer as they begin having children.  Those weekly, daily, (even hourly) pictures you take of the most precious baby (yours, of course) lead you to want to improve your photography skills as well as improve your images.  I guess that was part of it for me; however, it was more than that.  When I caught the "bug" of photography I just could not get enough.  It was more than just taking daily, good images of my kiddos or wanting to save money by taking my own pictures (yes, I was one of those moms... and later learned that you pay someone to take those wonderful images for a reason! :).  I felt so challenged by all the techinical aspects of photography and there was SO much more that went into it than I had ever imagined.  I started taking online classes, mentoring with other photographers, joining online photography boards, etc.  Once I learned one aspect of how the camera works and how to get a properly exposed image, I wanted to dive into a new area of photography to learn. 

As I accomplished the goals I had set for myself (and there are still many more), I began to be guided into opening a business.  However, I will say that as I learned I knew that I did not want to rush into a business simply because I could take a decent picture.  There are so many things that go into running a business.  Not only do you have to know your craft well, but also how run your business legally while also making a profit.  I was so blessed that God led me to a wonderful christian mentor that guided me in the business area of photography as well as to maintaining a balance between my family and business.  She has become a great friend with whom I am blessed to continue to learn from.  Check out her website at www.tinstarphoto.com.  I love her talent, lifestyle photography, and gracious personality. 

Opening a business has been a challenge for me, but one I have embraced.  It takes a lot of balance between photographing sessions, running the business portion, as well as continuing to improve and grow in my knowledge of photography.  I have loved the challenge of learning, producing art, being creative, and forcing myself out of my comfort zone.  Photography has helped me grow as a person in so many ways. 

Once I "officially" opened my business, I began to be blessed so much through you all, my clients, and the relationships with you and your children.  I have to say I am SO overjoyed by the loyalty, friendship, and kindness I am shown by you with each and every session.  I hope to continue to foster these relationships through my photography and our community.   

I hope I have given you a little insight into my start as a photography. If you have a question and would like me to answer it in a future Q&A blog post, please email it to me at jennifergauerphotography@gmail.com

Enjoy this wonderful day God has made!

~Jennifer


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