Since becoming a photographer years ago, I have learned that it doesn't take just a good camera to be great. I have read books, joined groups, watched webinars, found a lot inspiration from other photographers, and everyday I learn something new about my camera and it's capabilities as well as my own.
I have always had a passion for taking photos but never really took the time to get creative. Then I became pregnant with my first and decided to get newborn pictures done. Our photographer was awesome! She was a baby whisperer, had everything down to a 'T' and our photos turned out beautiful. I saw how she handled herself, knew what she was doing, and how she enjoyed every minute of her job. That was it. That was the start of my journey to learn how to use my camera.
Becoming a photographer is helping others capture these moments in time that will soon change with time. It is knowing how to talk to your clients, helping them choose clothing for the day, and how to make things go smoother and quicker for the better pictures. It is also spending time to check out the places you'll go and offer your clients. I am constantly looking around for new places with great views and possibilities for having great sessions.
I do have a few go to spots for sessions for different reasons.
1. Majestic View Park, Arvada
This place has spectacular views of the mountains. During the Golden Hour before sunset is the best time to go. The light is to die for as it creeps behind the mountains.
2. Sunset Park, Lakewood
I like this spot because it has a lot to offer in a short amount of time. There is a field, creek, bridge, and trees (that are awesome for fall colors).
3. Red Barn, Boulder
My new favorite place. This place was shared by a fellow photographer and friend. She took my family photos here and there is so much to offer. A rustic looking barn, run down fences, mountains in the background, and fields for days.
So the next time you are looking for a photographer to take your family photos, just know that you aren't only paying them to take your photos. You are paying them for the knowledge they have to give you the best experience they can and the art that they can produce for you to have for lifetimes to come.
Thank you to all of my friends, family, fellow photographers, and clients that have all helped me grow to become better at what I love to do.
Amber Sullivan- Northern Colorado Photographer
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