My 3 Year Journey to Click Pro

In 2015 I joined a photography forum for women. I loved what I saw and I wanted to be part of their prestigous "Click Pro" program.

However, my journey to archive that goal was bumpy; with many hours refining my portfolio. After I missed the goal last year by one point, I wanted to never.ever.try again. It was my 3rd attempt, and I didn't see that I could ever make it.

Lensbaby  Sweet 35  - SS 1/640 - ISO 250

Lensbaby Sweet 35 - SS 1/640 - ISO 250

After the failure last year, I started shooting for myself. Shooting for myself brought joy back to photography. I photographed like crazy; mostly macro and food. I enjoyed the journey without any pressure. I saw that I improved with every image I took.

In November I looked at my portfolio again, talking to my sweet friend Eileen about maybe trying again in 2018. Eileen was encouraging me to keep shooting and see where it would take me. So I continued to shoot for myself. At the end of January I felt I was ready to put my portfolio back together.

I tossed out a lot of images from last year's portfolio, adding images that I took since June of 2017. In February of this year I started to work with Eileen and Jan Tyler to go through my images; to put together my portfolio.

At first it was a rough going, but I remembered what the amazing Jennifer Carr told me after I failed my first attempt: "Detach yourself emotionally from your images". And Jan added: "Show what you do, and NOT what you can do". Such wise words from both of them.

So, on April 17, 2018 (it would have been my dad's 85th birthday), I submitted my set for review. Eileen was my emotional support over the 4 weeks of waiting time. She kept checking on me to see how I was holding up. It was a roller coaster ride for sure. I am grateful for Eileen's friendship and support.

On Monday, May 14th I received my acceptance letter to the Click Pro program. I was over the moon and it is still sinking in. Why I am sharing my long journey on my website? Because I want to encourage others to not give up on their dreams. Do keep going, even if it takes more than one try. For me being part of the program is like for a chef receiving a Michelin Star for their restaurant. And trust me, they work hard on getting that Star.

If you are interested in seeing my final portfolio that was accepted, check out my album on Flickr.

Thank you for stopping by today...until next time, keep your dreams alive.

Iris (TGTG)

Moving Forward with Beauty & Fashion

Up to the present time I have only shared once about my experience in Seattle. Not only was Seattle amazing, as a result of attending a photography conference, I switched to a different genre. Until Seattle the focus of my business had been mostly families. Don't get me wrong; I enjoyed photographing families. However I knew that I needed to find my niche in this over-saturated market. Today I want to share why I changed my genre to beauty and fashion. Due to the fact that all the workshops I had interest in filled within 24 hours of registration, I had to think outside my comfort zone. Not only have I discovered my niche but also met the most incredible beauty photographer, Courtney Dailey. Not to mentioned that her workshop was highly informative, it gave me a new direction for my business. In the middle of the workshop we had the opportunity to photograph.

After I returned from Seattle, I shared the images with friends on Instagram. Given that the images were a departure from my 'usual' work, my friends scrolled past them thinking it was an ad for a spa. Of course the reaction surprised me, but it gave me a boost that I am heading in the right direction. With all of this in mind, I have been working with models to build my portfolio. Over the next weeks I will be sharing more of where I am heading.

Until next time - keep smiling. :)

Iris (TGTG)

Capturing Life is My Passion

2015 has been a rough year, personally. In June, I lost my beloved mom. She was an anchor in my life; I could always count on her. However, photographically speaking, I made some strives. I took several on-line classes that have helped me to define who I am as a photographer. Below you will find some of my personal favorite shoots which include personal and portrait work. Capturing Life is My Passion!!!

I am looking forward to 2016 and to grow even more.

Thanks for stopping by,

Iris (TGTG)