A little over a Year ago I acquired my first DSLR and thought it would be the thing to take me that leap from being a good photographer (who has a wonderful time taking pictures) to a great photographer (who can take wonderful pictures at any time).

We’d all be shooting like the pros if we had expensive equipment, right?! Anyone can be a good photographer when they have a $2500 camera hanging around their neck with a $1200 lens attached to it, right?

Oh, little did I know…
After just a short year of hard work, amazing encouragement and help from other photographers, constructive criticism, and lots of studying, I now understand what it takes to be truly great.

I’m hoping that someday soon, with even more hard work, encouragement, help and criticism from some of the most amazing photographers I know, and even more study, I hope that I too can become what it takes to be a truly great photographer.

So, what makes a good photographer great?
In my opinion it’s a combination of these factors:
Creativity.
It sounds simple enough, but wow, does a photographer have to be on their toes and constantly exercising their creativity in creating good images as well as capturing them.
A Skilled Eye.
It’s something you can learn and it takes a lot of training to truly be attentive to the mundane.
Character.
Every photo reflects the character of the photographer, how a picture looks says a lot about that photographer. To have truly great pictures takes good character.
- Personality.
Let’s be honest, who wants to hire a photographer for their family portraitss who is like the Walmart Studio guy? A truly good photographer has enough personality and is engaging enough to help anyone feel comfortable in front of the lens. Having your portraits done shouldn’t be as bad as going to the dentist. ;)
Knowledge.
The great photographers are ones who are constantly investing in their skill and knowledge about their profession. One who is always growing and learning will never be disappointed in their abilities.
Adventurism.
(Yes, it’s a word.) The willingness to deal with the unknown and work well in/with it is truly admirable in any photographer. That is when some of your best pictures will be captured.
Humility.
Even the crème de la crème must be humble. It takes great courage to be humble in front of other photographers and know when to take criticism well. Humility is key in taking that step from being good to great.

No, I did not include “Thousands of Dollars Worth of Equipment”, or “Being Brave Enough to Stand in Front of an On-coming Bus” or “Amazing Business Sense”, or “Know All the Right People”, or “Work with Movie Stars!” Though all of those are fun and are sometimes helpful… they are not necessarily key to being great.

I have to admit, these are things I have learned from working with some truly great photographers.
I have been so wonderfully blessed by so many other photographers across the world who have taken the time to invest in my learning experience as a photographer.
I want to be half as much as an encouragement to someone else as they have been to me, and I also want to honor their investment in me by aspiring to be a truly great photographer.

On the road… not quite getting there, but hope to someday soon. ;)

Up next is Part II! If you’re an aspiring photographer, you probably don’t want to miss it. I will be putting up my encouragement and thoughts on what specifically do to take those first steps of becoming a great photographer!!! :D

Many blessings on each and every one of you!
Until next time,
~Danica

Me in the Mirror
In Schaumberg last November for Bible Bee Nationals. Taking pics of our hotel room, and capturing myself in the ever-cliched mirror shot. ;)

ACK!!! It’s coming!!! It’s getting closer… LOOK OUT!!! IT’S TAX TIME!!! *hyperventilates*

Yes, it’s come to be that time, doing your taxes.
Thankfully I was brought up right and did keep track of just about every last nickle I spent. (I’m off by about $1.48 that I can’t figure out where it went. I figure I’ll be okay if that’s all I’ve lost track of. :P)

So, in case you’re wondering “where on earth has that girl gone off to?” you’ll know.
I’m stuck seeing nothing but this:

Taxes
Most people’s night mare.

If you promise not to tell anyone I will admit to you that I don’t actually mind doing my budgeting. I like exercising my memory on exactly what I spent on exactly what day, and arranging every receipt accordingly. :P Plus, it helps me keep from spending extravagantly on a new camera bag when I see just how fast money goes out the door. *eep* (Hey, something needs to keep a girl’s feet on the ground when it comes to a CUTE new camera bag! :P)

I’ll be in and out over the next week or so I have a lot of of meetings and photoshoots on top of taxes this week. Please don’t think I’ve forgotten about you, because I haven’t!
I’m just needing to catch up on my sleep. ;)

sleeping

I’ll resurface later, hoping to see everyone soon! :)
Have a wonderful week, I hope it’s a lot more exciting than doing taxes. *laughs*
Blessings,
~Danica

Right now I’ve been considering new ideas for the website.
Any suggestions?
I’m thinking about splitting it up into two separate pieces. Wedding pics, and Family/Maternity/Senior pictures.
I have someone working on the logos with me right now. :D And we’ll see about the website designs soon!
I’m thinking white for the family, blacks for the weddings. :)

Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions?

Have an awesome day everyone!
(leaving you with a picture from my 365 shoot yesterday)

Close-up! (For 252/365)

Wow! Ok, so how is it that within a few weeks your whole life can turn upside down? I don’t think this is normal. ;)

Right now, my life is taking a major turn around! (In a very positive way)
At first, my entire Spiritual life took another major change. I thought I was in love with God before, but I was just barely on the edge of how deeply I’m in love with Him now, and I have a feeling that this is “on the edge” of just how deeply I’ll be in love with Him in another few years!
And now, within no time at all, my business has had a complete turn around and took a MAJOR change!

I have so much to do, and so little time!
For a while I felt like I was running around like a chicken with her head cut off (a funny picture to see me as, but I doubt anyone can see that one too clearly *laughs*), but I quickly realized that I need to work out a way to live my life in a way that I enjoy and still be busy with work.
Don’t get me wrong, I REALLY enjoy my work, it’s something I could and may do for the rest of my life!
But, I was getting so busy that every night when I got home from meetings and photoshoots I would drop into bed and didn’t have time for things that mattered to me. Like my family! I barely spent time with them for a couple weeks straight! And other things like keeping up with housework and other things. (I’m so grateful you couldn’t see my bedroom. It wasn’t HORRID, but for me it was very very bad. :P)

I’m working all that out right now, and will be doing other things like… BLOGGING MORE! :D YAY!
I have a feeling like this will be tons of fun, all my upcoming photoshoots, blogging more. I don’t know if anyone ever reads it, but I want to post anyway.

Within the next month and a half I have 3 weddings, 1 engagement shoot, 3 seniors, 2 babies and 2 families to photograph! And that is just to start, who knows how many more I’ll have by the time I get to the end of the month and a half.
So, I’ll be updating you guys with those as well.

I have so much more to update, but instead of re-typing it, I’ll leave a link to where I usually do my “updating” and you guys can read what I wrote there last night.
It’s on my Flickr 365 picture from yesterday.
I have a ton of other pictures and “ramblings” on there. :) Feel free to read through them!

I’ll see you guys very soon, I’m updating even more shortly.
But for now, lunch break is almost over. ;)

Have a great week everyone!
~Danica

A friend told me that I need to be keeping my blogs going. Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends in blog-world, it’s just that I usually forget to update my blogs. :P *laughs*

So, I’ll be spending the next week or so catching you all up on my recent photography, and news updates!

Before I get into all of that I’d like to announce that I have finally set up my photography price list!
At the moment it’s located on my Facebook Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Northern-Indiana-and-Southern-Michigan/Danica-Clark-Photography/317456068244?ref=ts

But I will have it updated on my website soon.

Thanks for your patience everyone!
Have a great weekend,
~Danica