2018 - Let's Go.

Wow. 2018 is here. The end of 2017 was a whirlwind between starting a job, Christmas, shooting a wedding and even more going on in my personal life. I spoke last time of the things I was going to do to help build an infrastructure for all the creativity I had this year. I mentioned...

- Ordering business cards

- Streamlining the editing process

- Discovering more and more what my company is supposed to be

Those were just a few. One of the biggest things I want to do throughout this next year is write this blog. It doesn't have to be on a regular basis, BUT I don't want it to become something that happens once a month. The first thing I want to tackle is TEACHING photography. At least the basics.

This will come in the form of both blog posts and then accompanying YouTube videos on the same thing. So once you see a blog post, check my YouTube channel out for the accompanying video. Today's video is simply a test so you can subscribe and know when new videos surface.

I'll be going "in-depth" on the equipment I use, how to use it, and why it has more to do with you then it does me.

Now I'm going to switch gears a little bit and talk about the picture posted above. I shot a wedding this last weekend in Raleigh, MS for my friend Kendric Bullard. I really REALLY wanted to deliver for Kendric and his fiance Brittany. So much so that I worried myself into a tailspin.

Will my work live up to expectations?

Would I be creative enough?

What if they didn't like the pictures I handed back?

All of these crazy, but slightly valid things (especially when there's money involved) were swirling through my head.

Throughout this process I've been trying to dig in and become more confident in the work that I do. Knowing that I've got people who LOVE what I display and that's why they're hiring me.

So before the wedding I rented a couple of lenses (they were actually for a trip to Nashville on New Year's Day that didn't actually so happen so RIP) and did some research on them. How to best use them. Posing (because no that doesn't just pop into a photographers head) for the bridal party and groomsmen because guess what, I had FOURTEEN people to pose.

So I went into this wedding having read up on my gear, working with two awesome photographers, Levi Colquitt and Alicia Vickers, and semi-ready to take on whatever went wrong. The first rule of weddings is that whatever can go wrong will go wrong - in this case a lost ring. But I'll save that story for the YouTube channel video. And you know what I got some dope shots. One of which is above, and a few others which you can check out on the Weddings page in the menu.

For now the last thing I'll say is...

Know your gear.

Never apologize and be confident in what you do.

Always strive to get better and keep learning.

Next time I'll go into what gear I use, or have used in the past, as well as a few photography basics.

Until then...