My Photography Journey by Kristy Dooley
When I was pregnant with our second daughter I remember telling my husband, “I really wish I had studied photography in college.” Photography had always been an interest of mine and as a new mom I was all too aware of how quickly time passes. He encouraged me to purchase a DSLR and pursue it further and I’m so glad he did. As soon as my Rebel t2i arrived I started shooting daily and I haven’t stopped since. I was in love with the “background blur” my new camera produced and I started taking my camera with me everywhere we went.
Shortly after my youngest was born a local photographer recommended Clickin Moms to me and I started spending any and all free time I could find reading and searching in the forums.
The more I read, the more I realized there was to learn and I signed myself up for my first workshop at CM in July of 2012. It was during this workshop that I was able to switch to Manual Mode and I started to learn how to perfect my images, SOOC (straight out of the camera).
After I completed this course my workshop obsession began and I started putting myself through the amazing University at Clickin Moms. Better late than never, right? Lightroom 101 was instrumental in helping me learn how to store, edit, and backup my files. It’s still the primary program I use to edit today.
Intro to Natural Light was a game changer for me. I switched to Kelvin white balance and never looked back. I still reference much of what Lisa taught me in that workshop on a regular basis.
Mastering Natural Light Indoors came at the perfect time for me- winter in Vermont! As a SAHM to two little girls in the Northeast we (unfortunately) spend a fair amount of time inside. This class completely changed the way I look at light everywhere.
Intro to Macro was my first workshop of 2013 and remains one of my all-time favorite classes. My love for Macro photography grows by the day and I’m so thankful to Monica for such a wonderful (and fun!) course.
Lifestyle with Kids was incredible and I loved the ideas it generated for me. I frequently reference the information presented in this workshop and love capturing day-to-day moments of my girls.
Fine Art and Visual Expression was my first 300 level workshop and I was both elated and terrified when I clicked “Buy” on that workshop seat. Elle’s work is amazing and it was a privilege to learn from such a talented artist. It was during this workshop that I slowly felt my style starting to develop and several of the images I took during this five-week course remain in my portfolio today.
After FAVE I decided to brave another 300 workshop and was one of the lucky ones who (after a morning of refreshing my computer browser) landed a seat in Sarah Wilkerson’s Composition and Creativity course. This course exceeded my expectations and is well worth spending a morning trying to get in!
In June of 2013 I was accepted into CMPro and I remain honored every day to be a part of such an incredibly talented group of woman. My acceptance into this program only encouraged my desire to learn and grow more. Around this time my first 365 project ended and I was honestly terrified to stop shooting daily. I saw such growth in that first year and I loved having a year’s worth of photos of my family to look back on. I quickly started another 365, which I titled “One Year One Lens” and decided to shoot this one exclusively with my 100mm Macro lens. Shooting daily with this lens has forced me to explore all possibilities and I love the diversity that this lens offers.
I officially launched my photography business in early 2013 as well and quickly discovered how much I love capturing moments for others as well as for myself. I knew the posing workshop was a must for me and my clients. I learned so much during that workshop about client posing and interaction.
When I heard that Alicia Gould was teaching a newborn workshop I knew I had to be a part of it. There is nothing more precious than photographing a brand new baby and this was an area of my business I was looking to develop further. Alicia went above and beyond all expectations I had and taught me so much about newborn photography.
In October I was fortunate to secure a seat in Elements of Design with Sarah Wilkerson. I loved absolutely everything about this class. The depth of information presented in Sarah’s workshops is incredible and I know I’ll be referencing her materials time and time again.
I am so incredibly thankful I found the education and community that is Clickin Moms. I’ve loved every single moment of this journey and with each step I take I find myself wanting to learn and grow more. My favorite aspect of photography is the opportunity for constant evolution and education. I’m choosing to enjoy the ride!