1. White balance. Oh you little devil you. Master white balance, you will fall in love with your photos. Once i figured this out my life and photos took a turn for awesome.
2. SHOOT SHOOT SHOOT! I get emails all the time about how i achieve my photos. I am not sure if i could even teach it. I learned from shooting A LOT. In the past u would read a million tutorials but never shoot. I would buy a ton of actions, yet never shoot. You HAVE to shoot to learn.
3. ALWAYS ALWAYS know where your equipment is at all times. SLOW down. Pay attention. Here is a great reason why. See below.
Yep this is a 50mm 1.4...Well it was
This is the result of being way overly excited and not paying attention to where my equipment was. I was so excited about doing some night shooting. While loading my tripod in the car i set my camera bag down. We were on the side of the road. I shut the door and jumped in the car speeding off to our other destination. I realized down the road that i did not have my camera bag. When we went back this is what i found. It was scattered across the road. I cried. A LOT. Thanks to such a great friend who started a facebook group, him and a ton more friends helped me replace it. I am so thankful for all of them to this day. LESSON LEARNED: Take care of your stuff. Respect your stuff. KNOW WHERE YOUR STUFF IS. Slow down.
4. Take time for your family. They are your support system. I was once told that no amount of success at work can make up for failure at home. It is so true. I missed the first year of my daughters life. I have horrible regret over that. I lived at my computer and on my phone.
This i my ever so awesome family whom i adore and would do anything for. Thanks to Michelle at Mariposa Photography for this great image she took just this past weekend. She rocks!
5. BAAAAACK UP BACK UP!!!!! i am screaming this at you right now!!! Can you hear me? Well do it, do it now!!!
This here is an External Hard drive. Get two! Heck why not.
We all start somewhere. We all learn so much. Its our story. But making less mistakes from learning from other can make for a better story. I promise.