My First Wedding (as a second)

Things I learned shooting my first wedding:

  1. I need to actually start working out. My body is so sore and tired. Working for almost 12 hours, using my whole body and my whole mind is exhausting. Camera equipment is heavy and my photography requires lots of emotion. Plus social interaction! The backs of my knees hurt, my back hurts, and my shoulders are screaming.
  2. Be assertive. This wedding, I was a second shooter/basically the photographer’s shadow. I know how to take pictures, but the flow of a wedding, handling the bride and groom, the bridal party, and everything else is totally different. In order to keep everyone on time, behind the scenes, the photographer really runs the show.
  3. Hydrate. I tried my best to drink as much water as I could, but it wasn’t until the end of the day that I finally finished my water bottle. Not good. My mom would be so mad at me.
  4. I can TOTALLY do this! Before being able to second shoot a wedding, I was extreeemeeely nervous that I wouldn’t be able to handle a wedding day. That I would hate it, I wouldn’t know how to direct people, when to be where, that I would just totally screw it up, etc. I now feel prepared to be, and also validated, as a photographer. Yay for amazing mentors and friends!
  5. I will NEVER be one of those photographers who wears heels all day. No.Way.In.The.World.

Can’t wait to show you the pictures!

P.S. The sixth thing I learned is that I LOVED doing it. ❤ People, it’s time to start getting married so I can photograph your wedding!

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Jennifer is Graduating!

Jennifer’s mom and I scheduled her shoot on a whirlwind timeline. The weather waits for no one, and we wanted fall leaves instead of snow, so we scheduled and shot within a week. Jennifer is super photogenic and knew what she wanted. That, plus the beautiful leaves and all-around beauty of Pioneers Park, turned into a gorgeous shoot.

This spring, she’ll be graduating and moving on to life’s next great adventure. Congratulations, Jennifer! Whatever life throws at you, you’re going to rock it.

Jah-Babe, a Graduate!

Jah-Babe and I were neighbors in the dorm. Her music was always loud and fun, and she always had a ready smile. Still does! When she asked me to take her senior portraits this year, I was delighted. This woman has some lofty goals that I know she will reach. For example, the day I met her, I found out she planned to be a commercial airplane pilot. That was three years ago and the drive she has to achieve her dream has not dimmed in the slightest. You’ve got this, Jah-Babe. Congratulations!

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New Year’s Goal- One Word 365

Present.

Last year I decided to choose one word to represent my new year, rather than a slew of resolutions that would inevitably get lost on my desk. Last year, my word was Grow. This year I’ve decided (after almost a month of thinking), Present.

Looking back at 2015, I see that I did grow, a lot. I went from student to full-fledged adult. I grew from a photographer with no business to an entrepreneur. I’m still scared to do a lot of things, and learning so much, but I truly feel that I grew into the Grow and I want to do the same for a second year.

This year I want to be present. Anyone who has talked to me for more than ten minutes knows my intense desire to do things “in the future.” I want to go back to Argentina, I need to visit family abroad, I must pay off those student loans because right now they make life horrible . . . I’m tired of listing these things off for people and I know they are tired of hearing me mutter on and on. I want to enjoy my time here and now. Yes of course, I’ll work towards my goals, but I am going to enjoy where I am and those I am with, now.

What word would you choose to represent your new year?

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Dang. Life after graduation is hard.

I wouldn’t say that my goal for this PPG portion of my blog has failed, but it has definitely suffered the past few months. Since graduating in May, it has been one ridiculous thing after the other. The Job Search, the Car Search, the First Car Purchase, the Broken Car, the Apartment Mission, the Second Car Purchase, the Friendship Strengthening, the Bitter Taste of Being Wrong, the New Business, the New Job. And these are just a few of so many stories I should have blogged over the past seven months.

Do you understand how exhausted I am?

And yet, here I am, typing in the early morning hours, between bites of oatmeal and getting ready for work.

I have everything I need. I don’t have a job in my field yet and I’ve made my peace with that. I run my own modest photography business and I am extremely proud of the progress I’ve made there. I have friends who refused to let me give up and family who keep me on track. I have a car, I have an apartment, I pay my bills on time and I can buy myself food. Basically, I’m adulting. (Though the process has been so painful, I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.)

However, there is a wave of people like me every six months, entering (or attempting to enter) the workforce and prove to the world that they can do it on their own. Some of these lucky, dedicated students will graduate with a wonderful job already in place. They did the work early, and the transition from senior in college to graduate will be relatively painless. Others will leave knowing not what they are getting into. They are totally unprepared and are thrust into the midst of life. They might make it, or they might need to head home to regroup before striking out on their own again. Then there are those who plan ahead, prepare, and still seem to fail at the outset of their new career.

Conversations for anyone other than the graduate with a shiny new job are painful. Sometimes embarrassing. Not knowing exactly what you are doing in life is terrifying. Not having everything together at the “right time for your age” is terrifying. Having so many people expecting you to do so well is terrifying. If there is anything I’ve learned over the past seven months, it is this: it’s ok to not know, as long as you don’t give up because of your uncertainty.

Keep going. Understand your mistakes, apologize for them, learn from them, and then do better.

Cheers to a New Year!

Happy Thanksgiving

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This morning as I sit, waiting to board a flight to visit some family many states away, I decided it’s time to make a list of the important things that I truly am thankful for.

I’m thankful for:

  1. The airline employees who work on Thanksgiving day. Without them, I wouldn’t be going anywhere.
  2. My family, those that live near me and those that live far away. They are the ones who support andlove me no matter what. They keep me grounded in who I am, but also push me to become more than I think I can be.
  3. My friends; my chosen family. They are just the best. I love them so much.
  4. My apartment.
  5. My car. Literally, it was a car God gave to me, I love it, and I intend to take good care of it.
  6. My job. Though I’m often tired and don’t see my friends as often as I’d like to, I work at a great place.
  7. My camera. Without my photography, I don’t really know who I would be. I’m not the best photographer in the whole wide world, but I’m also not the worst. I absolutely love taking pictures, and without a camera that I know how to really work, I’d be at a loss.
  8. My safety.
  9. My ability to help others. Though I’
    m not rolling in dough, I certainly have more than others do. Using that wisely is something I want to do more.
  10. God. Sometimes I let His importance in my life slide to the back of my mind. But the r
    eality is that He is more important than everything else on this list. He makes everything here worth it, as long as I’m doing it for Him. I’m thankful for His unending persistence in making me His.

Aftermath

It’s been a month since graduation now, and I’ve been pretty quiet on the blog. The truth is, I’ve been busy. I’m developing a new logo for my photography, working, working at finding a job, and getting a handle on this whole adult-life-out-of-college thing. It’s pretty crazy, and I’m not going to lie to you, it is also discouraging. BUT, I’m making it a point to stay positive. Did I have a low moment and clean the entire house one night because I couldn’t calm down? Yes. I feel much better now, so it’s time to get down to business; looking for a job and a place for myself here in Nebraska.

This blog is going to remain PPG, but I’ll also be starting another blog for my photography. It may be a bit confusing, but if I really want to launch this off, I’d like to have a separate place to direct people to my photography. A place with my name on it! Keep an eye out for that, because I want to keep you guys in the loop.

Until then, stay positive and keep trucking along!