Well, the weather is warming up and the wedding season is approaching. What have you done over the winter to keep yourself sharp? What have you done to improve your skills? Or do you think that you can't get better without actually going out on a wedding to photograph?
Over the winter, I scour the blogs from David Ziser, The Strobist (David Hobby), Joe McNally, and Neil Van Niekirk to mention a few. You could get a PhD in photography from them.
And I have bought and paid for a Master Class with David Ziser at his studio outside Cincinnati. It is five intensive days with him learning hands-on just how he does all those really great images. It goes from shooting to software to marketing. The whole package.
And, speaking of marketing, my friend Kristin has convinced me that I should branch out and take some chances to do some weddings and portraits for myself through Smiles Photography, Ltd. my own company. I am not sure just how that will go, but I am starting to get my name out there.
I love what I do. I have been a full time professional photographer for almost 21 years (my anniversary is April 15th) and was a part timer for four or five years before that. I am always looking for new and better ways to get things done. That is called growth.
What have you done to grow over the winter?