Practice and patience proves right for Red Shoes Photography
Where I’m based: Denver
How’d you decide to become a photographer? I really started to get into photography in college, back when there were only film cameras and we processed it all ourselves. I knew I liked taking pictures, but I never really thought of it as a viable career. I spent a lot of the next decade traveling and of course, taking lots of pictures. I got my first digital SLR about 4 years ago, and started taking pictures of my friends babies, which led to more family sessions and eventually, weddings! Photography is my passion, and I decided to make it my full time career last year and that’s when Red Shoes Photography was born.
How long I’ve been blogging: Just over two years.
My guilty pleasure: Watching The Bachelor on Monday nights.
Last thing I bought: I think a cup of coffee!
Favorite photos to take just for fun: I love using Instagram with my iPhone. I usually take pictures when I’m out with friends, or of things I find interesting throughout the day.
What would you tell someone interested in getting into photography? Practice. And be patient. Photographers don’t become amazing overnight. Don’t compare yourself to others. Show the world the way you see it. Did I mention practice?
What is your greatest photography story? I’m not sure if I just have one greatest story, but I can think of several situations where people in my photographs have passed away soon after photographs were taken. The letters and notes I’ve received from family members telling me about how grateful they are to have these photographs and memories reminds me why I do what I do and why it is important.
What do you like most about being a photographer? Doing things I wouldn’t do without a camera. It gives you access to places you wouldn’t go otherwise, and to be a part of people’s lives in a very intimate, real way. I love telling stories and being a part of some of the best parts of people’s lives.
What can amateur photographers do to improve their skills? Practice! Take classes. Know your camera, and all it is capable of. And practice!
How do you feel about “photobombing”? Haha. I’ve never thought about it.