step out of the zone

The photography comfort zone, that is.
You know you are snuggled right between I-am-kind-of-finding-my-style-and-groove and ACK-I-need-to-improve-my-photography.
We’re all stuck there most of the time.
Try something new.
A new pose.
A new lighting scenario.
A new genre of subject or people that is out of your norm.
A new location.

“New forces us to become better versions of what we already are” – Jean Smith (made up right now)

Shooting at night has always intimidated me a bit. So, I forced myself to do it. And, it WAS forcing in the beginning. I learned one thing and made ten mistakes. Next time, I learned two things and made five mistakes. And so it goes. I am always learning, but I am finding that I LOVE shooting at night. So, I was thrilled when the beautiful Miss Natalie (high school senior) specifically requested some of her shoot take place at night.

What have you learned lately?



  1. I love these. Just lately I realized I needed to expand myself outside of the comfortable “natural light”. When I say I’m a natural light photographer I’m really saying “I don’t know how to shoot any other way” photographer. That’s why I’m so excited for your workshop! In the mean time I’ve been trying to use more directional light and be a little more artistic with my angles! You are the best!

  2. Kristin Cook says:

    Fabulous girl, fabulous.

  3. Love your work. At night and during the day. 🙂 Lately I’ve learned it’s ok to do what I love most. To shoot what I want when I want and develop my own style. Probably sounds dumb, but for me a really big step.

  4. Julie says:

    you never cease to amaze – simply wonderful!!!

  5. Maki says:

    Good thing I’m at home when I look at your photos or people might think I’m in love with my laptop. You know, the multiple [sigh….♥] and the goofy grin on my face? Thanks as always for the inspiration!

  6. Kolena says:

    I love your blog. You are amazing and every one of your posts inspire me! I’m just starting out with photography, could you tell me what equipment you use for night shots?

  7. Debbie says:

    Amazing. I love the 2nd shot! beautiful girl

  8. lovin the night shots 😉

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