Earlier this week was the year anniversary of getting my camera and the completion of my first ever 365 days project. In honor of all my hard work, I decided to choose my favorite photo from each month.
One of the very first photos I took with my DLSR camera and one of my favorites. A few things come to mind looking at this:
- My gosh, how my daughter has changed.
- If I were to make any changes to this photo, I would increase the contrast.
- I loved documentary from the start, but didn't know it yet.
I staged this photo, so I have no real memory attached this this. I only remember cleaning his bed and wanting a photo. I still like it though, mostly because I love my son in all his tiny-ness.
Ahh... There's that documentary style sneaking up on me again. I remember folding clothes while my kids watched My Little Pony on the bed.I remember thinking it was so quiet and looked up to find them both fast asleep.
Technically looking at the photo I can see my preference has started to show but my lighting still had room to grow.
Posing again but it's kinda hard not to when doing a self portrait.
I'm gonna say this is 75% Documentary. I made the decision to go outside and take the photo but everything else was my daughter's choice. That joy is real, she had the idea to wear the dress, she found it in the closet and really wanted to put it on. She was so excited.
THIS ONE WAS SO HARD!
I didn't metered for the light correctly, so the highlights were blown out so bad. This took so much work to fix. I later learned that 1) there was an easier way to meter for the light and 2) there was a much easier way to bring down the highlights. It's one of my favorite mostly because I can see so much growth in my work.
I miss summer.
I can see a tremendous amount of growth in my work since this photo.
Ameera before 8AM. This is one of my favorites from this year. I love the light (finally starting to get spot metering down :D) and her crazy wild hair! Makes my heart melt.
This is when I really started to understand my love for documentary. I started to take photos based around meaning vs what I thought other's would find pretty. I have a few photos of Ameera's tiny red curls now.
One of my absolute favorite photos I've taken all year. I talked before about how I love photographing my family's intimate interactions in a public setting. You can check out my blog on it here.
Another one of my favorites. I am finally starting to master spot metering and I love the black and white conversion. This compared to my first photo above is a true testament to just how much I've learned this year.
I had lots of fun looking back at these photos. Not only is it a great reminder of how far I've come but it's also an encouragement for me to push forward. I'm excited to see what the next year brings as I get ready to start another 365 day project.
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Koren Smith Photography is a Documentary Family Photographer based in Bellevue, NE. She specializes in taking natural, unprompted, and unposed photos centered around your family's unique life experiences. From birth to teens, she's focused on documenting your family's real-life moments every step of the way.