Hello, let me introduce myself!
Welsome to early days children's photography's new blog which I hope you will find interesting and informative!
Firstly, let me introduce myself!
I am Elisa, a children's photographer based in Poole, Dorset.
I have been working as a professional photographer for almost a year, but my interest in photography goes back a long way!
My first experience with proper photography was when I was 16 and went on safari in Kenya. Before going I bought a film SLR camera with a couple of lenses - I had no idea how to use it!
I guess I just winged it and managed to learn as I went and managed to get some amazing pictures of the Kenyan wildlife (I'll dig them out one day so you can all see!)
I was happy with the results, but really didn't use my camera a lot after that.
About 8-9 years ago I got the interested again and purchased a bridge camera (between a basic camera and an SLR)
I was determined to learn to use it in manual mode rather than relying on the auto setting and that's really where my journey began!
After a while I knew I needed extra help to learn and progress so did a few adult education photography course and also some website & graphic design courses.
After these, I quickly outgrew my bridge camera and so invested in a second hand Dslr.
I loved the difference in image quality and continued to expand my knowledge of manual controls.
A few years later, by chance I was given a lighting & backdrop kit which I didn't use a lot for quite a long time, but always knew there was a potential use for it.
I did a few shoots at charity events which really helped my confidence and gave me a real feel for the photography industry and dealing with clients.
Before having my 4th child I decided it was time to upgrade my camera so I purchased my first brand new Dslr and again loved the results.
At this point I was still only using my camera for family or charity events, but all the time learning new things and improving my skills.
Whilst on maternity leave with my 5th baby (yes, five!) I decided that I wanted to start taking photography more seriously and with a baby of my own to practice with I had no excuse!
I used all my spare time (whilst baby was sleeping!) watching video tutorials, practicing and reading everything I possibly could about photography techniques, lighting, business, editing and a whole lot more!
I found the more I learned, the more I loved photography!
After a while I felt that practicing with my own children just wasn't enough and my close friends little boy was about to turn one so we decided to do a cake smash!
I loved the results!
I then decided to start offering very cheap photo-shoots to local mums so I could get even more experience.
I photographed a lot of kids!!
With each shoot my skills improved and I learnt new things.
I upgraded my lenses to ones that were more suitable for what I was shooting and soon upgraded my lighting, bought new props and then upgraded my camera again!
My most recent achievement has been the completion of my home studio in an out building in my back garden, the completion co-incided with my youngest baby's first birthday and his cake smash shoot was the first shoot to take place in the completed studio.
Things have progressed pretty fast for me and my new business venture is going well, I can't wait to see what the next year will bring!
I will soon have some exciting new packages and products available and hope that these will be in line with what my customers are looking for.
My aim is to provide beautiful photographs and lasting memories!
I hope you find my story interesting and hope you will return to read my future blog posts.
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