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  • Elizabeth

A Dream.

Hello, hello! Welcome back to the blog. Today's post is going to get personal, so let's dive in.

A few days ago Kat and I met up to take photos. Throughout the day, the sun was shining and the air was warm. We thought a nice golden hour shoot would be PERFECT. However, we live in Ohio and the weather always has a mind of it's own.

Instead of a nice golden hour sunset, we ended up with a windy, cloudy, and misty evening. All of these elements came together to help give the perfect vibe for dramatic and moody photos, exactly what we didn't know we needed.

As most of you know, Kat and I meet up fairly often to take photos. However, this time, I wanted to try something different. Instead of just focusing on the photos, I wanted to film a video to go along with it.

What you probably don't know is that outside of photography, I really like to focus my creativity on making videos for my Youtube channel. While my channel's main focus has been on traveling, I'm starting to transition into making videos about photography tips & tricks, because Youtube was one of the best resources I was ever able to learn from.

So many people have asked me how I got into photography and who taught me everything that I know now, but once I answer they are typically pretty surprised. I'm 100% self taught, and I would like to say that I occasionally attend The University of Youtube. I was never a shadow under someone else's wing and I never had anyone to help me navigate the rather difficult steps of starting my own small business. Even though that bothered me in the past, I'm able to step back and be so proud of who I am now looking back.

However, because I was never able to have someone to look up to, I've decided that I want to be the role model that I never had. I want to be able to teach others and help them learn and grow. Other than taking on second shooters for weddings and allowing them to get their foot in the door, a huge inspiration I've recently had is with teaching through observation.

I've recently started filming photography behind the scenes and tips & tricks videos for my Youtube channel. The first two videos I made gave a more in depth look into my self portrait process, but I decided I wanted to try working with someone else and just going off the natural flow of the session. That's where Kat came in!

I had my GoPro set up on a tripod and started shooting with Kat. The camera captured a behind the scenes look at how I work with my models and clients and sometimes I think that simply watching others can provide such a great opportunity for growth.

If I could inspire one person through my Youtube channel, the entire process is worth it. I love the added challenge of not only creating flawless photos, but also a video that helps someone else grow with their creative process as well.

If you're interested in checking out the behind the scenes video, I'll link it here. Let me know what you think!

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