I hate that I just said I look like a professional photographer. It made me throw up in my mouth a little.
But since realizing I love photography, I have learned that you can be a semi-professional photographer without having to spend big bucks, waste lots of time and learn tools that are hard.
PHOTOSHOP IS HARD. If you are trying to learn, you really need to take a course.
I read a very angry retort on Pinterest a few months ago in relation to a funny meme (written most likely by a “photographer”), that just because you have a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex camera) and a Pic Monkey app, that does not make you a photographer.
That’s like me telling someone just because they buy a domain, create a WordPress account and start writing words in a blog that they aren’t a blogger.
See how stupid that sounds?
So shove aside those negative comments and let me help you to become the best semi-professional amateur-ish photographer that you can be!
I have said it before and I will say it again, Pic Monkey has been saving my ass since 2012 and if you haven’t bought the upgrade, what on Earth are you waiting for? You can choose to get a once a year amount (under 40 dollars) taken out or pay monthly, but it is completely worth it. All of my blog pictures are edited via Pic Monkey almost exclusively and the pictures I take outside of the blog are always edited with Pic Monkey.
That above is one of Anna’s senior pictures edited with Pic Monkey.
As was this picture of the beautiful Utah sky.
It is the best user-friendly photography tool out there and you don’t need a Masters Degree to learn how to use it.
I have gotten more compliments on this bag than any other bag or purse I have owned. I needed a camera bag when I started taking pictures for more than just my immediate family, so after my first “real” photography gig, I bought myself this bag on Amazon. Everyone thinks it is a purse when I wear it which I love but it has pockets for everything from lenses, extra’s like memory cards and accessories. I can even fit my wallet, hand sanitizer, and any other extras I need for heading out to take pictures intentionally or not.
I have used Blurb for the past several years to make photo books for my parents of my girls for Christmas, Birthdays and even Mothers Day. It is so much easier than other places to make beautiful books and there are always coupon codes to be used to save you lots of moola.
If you aren’t a camera bag kind of person, you’re going to need pockets for things like lenses, distractions for kids, and snacks. Snacks are always important.
So you can look like those cool AF food and DIY bloggers. Not at all like me. Non-pro tip- I use extra planks of our laminate flooring that were laying around the basement as a backdrop for my food pictures.
I have had my Canon Rebel DSLR since 2014 and have been in love ever since. At first, though, I was afraid of my camera. It sat and sat in a cabinet in my dining room because I didn’t think I deserved to have one and felt like maybe I needed to take a night course to learn how to use it. I finally picked it up one cold January day and just started playing around with it and the rest is history. You deserve a good camera because life moves fast and you need a fast camera to catch up with those fleeting moments. My camera has been discontinued but this one is very similar and comes with way more accessories than mine did.
Okay, so it’s not a “need”, no, it is a need. I need this coffee mug.
Don’t want to invest in a DSLR camera just yet? I don’t blame you. But I have taken some seriously amazing pictures with my smartphone, and this kit would take it to the next level. Can you imagine if a photographer showed up to a shoot with this instead of a big camera? EPIC. Also, maybe not hire your photographer on Craigslist next time. But if I want to take pictures and not lug my big girl camera around, I always use my phone.
I want this little set up if only to take great family pictures. At only 52.99. this is a steal. Have you seen how much some photography studios are charging? You can take your own beautiful pictures in the privacy of your own home, In fact, Amazon has amazing accessories for photo shoots at low prices. I am not trying to put photography studios out of business, but most American families just cannot afford to go get their pictures professionally taken on the regular. In fact, last fall was the first time EVER our family got our pictures taken and only because we bartered with our dear friend Rosemary. So if you have the tools, by all means, use them!
What are you waiting for? Get out there and take those pictures!
Is there anything I missed? Let me know in the comments!
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