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A few of my favorite things

I had such a blast writing about a few of my recent favorite photos in the last blog, so I'm going to do it again! Here's a few more of my favorite shots, how/where I got them, and what I love about them!

sun shining through some architecture
ICA in the Seaport area of Boston, MA. January 2023

This one honestly could be a repeat, but I just love it so much. The way I got the rays of the setting sun through the structures...

I didn't notice how great of s hot this was until I put it in Lightroom. Once I saw the rays and the reflections on the ground...I was speechless. There have been a few times in my career that I have really seen some growth and progress and this was one of them. I've been taking pictures for what feels like my entire life but there are still so many times that I start to second guess myself and wonder if I even actually have a good, trained eye, then I take photos like this and it reminds me to just keep shooting.

This day in particular was really cool because it was one of my free sessions that I offered this past winter. One person who signed up was a fellow photographer named Jamie Doyle, and she was one of my favorite sessions. She's a seasoned vet when it comes to photography, and she gave me so many tips and tricks to help improve my photography skills. As much as I would love for people to book a session with me, I also always recommend reaching out to Jamie to work with her. She is patient, she is kind, she is supportive, and a fabulous teacher.

I think that's why I have an extra appreciation for this photo. I branched out, made a friend in the industry, and even improved a little that day. if you ever only take one thing from me and my blogs, let it be that networking is absolutely key.

This guy caught my eye on my most recent vacation. I was walking with my family to a restaurant in Provincetown, MA and while we were wandering, this guy was just chilling on the side of a house.

I love me some skeletons, but especially ones like this. Provincetown is chock full of eccentric, artistic, and creative people so seeing this honestly wasn't too much out of the ordinary. Granted, I would've actually expected this in a place like Salem due to it being a skeleton, but seeing him here was a fun little moment.

I've always been curious as to how people decide to pose their skeletons. Like what did this little dude see that made him gasp?

Photos like this one I always see on other accounts on instagram and other social media apps and always want to be able to get the cool and funny shots like this. I feel like that's one of the hardest part of being a photographer that isn't always talked about. The constant competition to try and find the shots that no one else would think to get, and execute it in the best possible way is tougher than you think. I could guess there is some jealousy in there as well, but I don't want to digress to much. Not that there's ever really a point to these blogs to digress from, right?

I'm usually not one to try and promote myself during my blogs and whatnot, but I did just add this photo to my print store. It honestly was by popular demand!

Finally, there's this gorgeous sunset.

Those of you who know me well personally, know I have an obsession with sunsets, mostly because I'm not always awake to see the sunrise.

This particular sunset was incredible not just for the colors, but the night overall. I got this during the recent Barbie Boat Cruise. Yes, there is some editing and enhancing done to this photo, but seeing how Lightroom accented the sunset and made it a little extra pink made my heart happy.

Plus seeing some of the Boston skyline was such a marvelous feature. From the learning and progress standpoint I mentioned earlier, I love the composition of this photo. The way the sun is reflecting straight towards the camera, you can see some of the rays coming out of the clouds, and its a different part of the skyline that most people don't usually capture from what I've seen. Add in the memories of such a fun night, and you got one of my favorite gigs I have ever worked.

The one last thing I wanted to mention to any of you dear readers is I've never taken a photography class. I've never gone to school for this, nothing like that. Everything I have learned is just by picking up the camera, changing the settings around to get the photo how I want it to come out, and some of it I learned online. I did grab a few books about the basics of photography and took notes on those, but I learned the most by experience, and from other photographers. I learned so much for Jamie and even more from a photographer I assisted for last year.

I had the absolute pleasure of working with Emily O'Brien of Emily O'Brien Photography, and I learned something every single time we worked together. She was even kind enough to critique some of my photos from my portfolio and I'll forever be grateful to have worked for such a strong, phenomenal female photographer. I also highly, highly recommend working with Emily for headshots, personal brand photography, and really anything high-end. She has worked with other incredible luxury brands and is so easy to work with. I admire all of her work and thank her for all of he help on my journey as well.

Long story somewhat short, all of my favorite photos have basically happened by accident. I always just kind of go for it with my shots and hope for the best. Im not saying any of this to undermine my talent or fish for compliments or anything like that, I'm saying all of this to show you that really anyone can become a photographer. If you have the interest, but have no idea where to start, send me a message. I'll gladly help you in any way I can. Heck, one of these future blogs may even be just a bunch of links to the videos and books I have personally used.

I truly hope you like these few photos, and what you see overall on my website. All of these photos I choose to share are my favorites and the ones I really think people will enjoy. Can you tell I constantly battle with imposters syndrome???

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