Since both our birthdays are in April, we thought it would be fun to go away on a vacation as our birthday presents. We left Emerald with my parent’s and went to Lake Las Vegas, as well as the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, and the Hoover Dam.
The Westin at Lake Las Vegas was gorgeous, we had a great stay and would go there again in a heartbeat.
**All these photos were taken with Portra 400 film, scanned & developed by The Find Lab
So I finally put myself out there and was brave and officially started Vanessa Wyler Photography.
Back in January I made it a goal to work on my photography. So I signed up for various workshops, breakouts, and became part of a photographer community. So I’ve spent the past 8 months working on things like white balance, nailing focus, metering, editing in lightroom, and much more. Thankfully I had a subject who was fairly cooperative to let me practice on, thanks Emerald.
Doing so I fell in love with lifestyle photography, obviously if you’ve read this blog, you know that I like to document everything, the big moments and the simple moments. I love capturing the non-posed every day simple things, because that is what is truly real and what I’ll want to remember when I look back on these photos (which I do often).
I had toyed around with the idea of doing photography as a business, but honestly was unsure how to make it work, and if I’d like photographing people other than my family. I had a few friends inquire about taking photos and I was just as obsessed with documenting their moments as I was for our own. So here is where I’m at… building my portfolio. I have a few sessions in the works already and hoping that more people will help me build my portfolio as well as gain some great future clients! The best thing for learning now is practice, practice, practice. I’m also so grateful for a few photographers I’ve spoken with that helped me take the plunge to learn and now put myself out there.
Here’s a few photos I’ve done for people other than my own family. To see more, visit my portfolio page.
One of my goals for 2015 was to improve on my photography and document life, every 365 days. To help accomplish my goal I joined a photography group called Shoot2015, which is a combination of an online forum in which we all help critique and inspire each other + we get monthly and weekly emails that educate us on different techniques, whether it be composition, lighting, and so on.
So far I’ve learned a lot and can’t wait to see how much more I learn throughout this year! One of the most recent weekly emails encouraged us to get out from behind the camera and into our images – and that our kids will want to see us with them in photos when they look back at these years from now.
So today we did that – set up my camera with the self-timer and tried to get some “candid” looking shots. Ha, but Emerald likes to look at the flashing light on the timer, so they don’t quite look as candid – but I do love them and I’m going to make it a goal to get behind the camera at least a few times more each month.
She loves playing with throw pillows – my kind of girl!
Christmas was busy busy! We have photos from all our different celebrations that occurred over the course of a few weeks, but I haven’t gotten the chance to comb through them all yet, but here is how our little family of three celebrated Christmas!
Christmas Eve we got dressed up and headed to Life Church for their Christmas Eve Services. Emerald being scared of strangers didn’t make it through the whole service in the nursery so we enjoyed it in the lobby.
Christmas morning we started the day eating breakfast and opening presents just the three of us!
I’ve made it a goal in 2015 to learn more about photography. I’ve already been working on my focus (using back button + manual selection), white balance and nailing the exposure. I’ve also been trying to think about composition, perspective and storytelling within photos.
So here’s a story about a little girl playing with her new Zany Zoo she got from her nanna while her mom got some work done 😉
And then she gets bored and starts watching tv…
Next up, working on consistent lighting/coloring between images in a series.