We've Come a Long Way, Baby
It’s rare to find someone who picks up a new hobby and is immediately a professional or prodigy. Heck, people even have to try for years to create the perfect viral video. Even then, it makes me slightly queasy to make posts like this where I talk about my early work.
I started Rachael Maxwell Photography 7 years ago, in February 2012. I knew my way around a camera and I was fairly likable, despite being shy & introverted. I had the basic skills, but I knew that I loved taking pictures and working with people. Most of my clients that year were friends who were kind enough to indulge me and help build my business. As I look back at my old images, most of the time I want to hang my head and hide.
Over the years, my skills have definitely improved — I know more behind the camera as well as in front of the computer, and I’m a lot better interacting with people. I’ve talked a lot about how I’m an “outgoing introvert” (ambivert?) and still have a hard time with meeting people and small talk. But RMP has pushed me to work through that, and it makes sessions SO much easier — for me as well as my clients!
Man the old newborn photos… I originally tried my hands at posed, studio-style newborn photos and couldn’t figure out why I hated it so much. I loved babies and I loved photography, so it should be easy and natural, right?! Oh no. Not even close. It wasn’t until a year later when I tried a lifestyle newborn session that I finally saw the difference and found a style of session that I loved. The people who rock out styled or posed newborn sessions are geniuses and are worth every single penny they charge, trust me. It’s no joke. But my style in general is so much more casual and carefree that the two just didn’t jive. Growth and progress, guys — over time I have figured out the styles I like shooting, the subjects I don’t, and how to challenge myself with something new.
I’m definitely grateful for my progress and education over the years. I’ve grown as a photographer, as a business owner, and as a person. It may be a little embarrassing to look back, but it’s also a good reminder of how far RMP has come.
But I will never put another baby in a basket. Evidence below.