In 2017 I decided that I wanted to start capturing moments for others, not just myself and my family! It was a very slow start, with many free sessions handed out so I could start to build my portfolio. I would do sessions here and there, but I didn't go full force into photography. In fact I only had about 20 sessions captured from 2017 to 2019. One of my setbacks is I didn't believe that I could ever measure up to all of the amazing photographers that are already out there. I didn't believe that I was good enough until 2020 when I started to capture photos for a local boutique in Clawson, Michigan. Despite everything that happened in 2021 with COVID, that is when I really decided to go full force into my photography journey. Being around other amazing women and capturing the beauty of God really helped me to grow as an individual.
Ever since I was in middle school I knew that the arts is what I was made to do in life. Photography being one of those arts! I can remember going to national parks with my father and he would capture photos of me, but as he was doing so he would be explaining to me how he was going about to get that wonderful moment captured. That is when I started to pick up the camera and capture photos of simple things such as objects around the house that looks pretty to me. At that point I knew nothing about Lightroom & Photoshop, only the simple tools to adjust brightness and contrast. I would play around with taking photos of objects, people, landscapes, and wildlife, but at that point it was only just a hobby, so I didn't invest a whole lot of time into the editing aspect of photography. I remember offering my first free session to a friend to do some portraits of her. In 2017, 2018, and even 2019 I had given out so many free sessions because in my eyes I didn't see my work as "worthy" of being paid for. I was striving to be that "perfect" photographer. That caused me to miss out on so many opportunities to capture moments because of this insecurity.
In 2021 I started to learn that my photography doesn't have to be perfect to be loved by an individual or family. I started to capture moments for many different individuals and families in 2021, and hearing the happiness in a call or reading it in a text when they saw a moment I had captured (even when I didn't believe those photos were good), is what helped me to realize that every photo has it's own perfection built in when it is captured. Even if I may see the little imperfection within the photo, the family/individual sees the moment it was captured in, and all the beauty that comes with it. That is why my phrase is "Capturing moments YOU cherish!" Because a simple photo can capture a whole lot of emotions that were felt in that moment. Now I no longer strive for perfection, we are all only human, and progress can always be made, but once you hit perfection there is no need for progress. I always want to strive for progress.
I have yet far to go with my photography journey, but I am far from where I used to be, and for that I am thankful and blessed! Therefore I say, strive for progress in all you do, not perfection! Xoxo, Stephanie Rosette
Below you will see a little of my progress!
A photo captured in 2017 (Bottom left), A photo captured in 2019 (top left) compared to two photos captured in 2021 (bottom and top right)!