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    Knowing that Alaina and Aiden are going to be two in less than two months, I've been feeling rather reminiscent the last week. Therefore I've been looking through some old photos. I can really tell that I've made a lot of improvement since last year when I really started trying to work on taking better pictures. I thought it might be fun to share some pictures from our "earlier" photography days along with an example of where we are now. And perhaps it will help encourage some of the lurkers and newbies to the board, too.
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    So here are mine. I've come a long way, but I still have a long way to go...

    March 2011
    3-17-2011 048

    July 2011
    P7294840-2

    October 2011
    PA026393-2
    PA096970

    December 2011
    PC319087-4x6

    April 2012
    DSC_2909-2

    July 2012
    DSC_4841-2bw-3

    August 2012
    Composite-1

    October 2012
    DSC_6525-2s
    DSC_6341-2s

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    Look at you, learning and growing! Keep up the fantastic work!! And what a great idea for a thread!! Thanks for starting it. I'll be right back with mime.
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    Great progress. Keep at it. Here is a comparison of where I was when I started out with my Rebel XT.



    This is where I am now...
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    My first, sorry attempt at portraits. Dec 2007 with my point and shoot:


    100_1581 by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr

    August 08 still with the point and shoot, but learning how to use it better:



    First picture with my DSLR! End of Sept 08:


    In April '11, I started in with my love for backlighting. But I sucked...


    jackson2-1 by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr


    Now. Nov '12


    IMG_6984-3web by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr

    Oh, I could go on and on, but I think that's enough to show exactly how far I've come.
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    You have grown and I have really been noticing it lately! Well done!

    El & Steph- you both amaze me! Such amazing progress from the first to the last!

    Here's some from me!
    1st ever photo shoot (Free of course!) I was so scared and I shot in manual while thinking, "maybe I should do this in auto to make sure I do better." LOL!

    joerock by sadieruth, on Flickr

    Another first:

    jblanket-web by sadieruth, on Flickr


    bub-sharpened by sadieruth, on Flickr


    sis-web by sadieruth, on Flickr

    And some of my newest:

    DSC_1644_edit1_web by sadieruth, on Flickr

    DSC_2058_edit1_web by sadieruth, on Flickr








    DSC_1708_b&w_web2 by sadieruth, on Flickr



    May_7 by sadieruth, on Flickr
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    I'll play.

    I was terrible...horrible...awful...before I started coming here.

    When Nathan was first born...flashy with my P&S

    Nathan Pictures 070 copy by amberbella, on Flickr

    After seeing some cute baby photos on my birth board I tried a black background.

    Nathan Pictures 287 copy_filtered by amberbella, on Flickr

    After finding this board, still with the P&S, but in manual:

    IMG_2992 web by amberbella, on Flickr

    After getting my Xti....every now and then I could get one like this. That kept me going.

    IMG_2884 copy_filtered by amberbella, on Flickr

    My first skill building session for strangers. Can you say spotted light. I think I booked the session for mid day....so clueless!

    IMG_3986 copy WEB.jpg by amberbella, on Flickr

    2nd skill building session....I just COULDN'T figure out the light outdoors.

    IMG_4500 WEB.jpg by amberbella, on Flickr


    My most recent kid session:

    IMG_1941-Edit WEB by amberbella, on Flickr


    IMG_2334 copy WEB by amberbella, on Flickr


    One more comparison. Here is one from my first headshot session in 2009. I thought these were great. Now that I look at it, it's completely unsuable. The angle is terrible and unflattering, there are focus problems, a bad chop, a very busy background and a thing going right through her head. Also...this is the heavily retouched image...I don't have the RAW version, but I'm sure it was seriously underexposed.

    IMG_9279 copy WEB.jpg by amberbella, on Flickr

    Here is one from my most recent headshot session. Look at that lovely SOOC.

    a IMG_1867-Edit RETOUCH PROOF WEB.jpg by amberbella, on Flickr
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    Know what I love about you, Sadie? Your style has always been there from the beginning. You've progressed so much, but still have that Sadie flair

    Wow! Awesome progress, Amber! That SOOC is amazing!
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    Really great to see everyone's "then and now" photos. It inspires me to keep trying!

    I am so busy right now, I haven't had time to do my "then and now", but I am loving seeing everyone else's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladybugsteph View Post
    Know what I love about you, Sadie? Your style has always been there from the beginning. You've progressed so much, but still have that Sadie flair

    Wow! Awesome progress, Amber! That SOOC is amazing!
    You are the sweetest Steph and I appreciate that sweet comment!
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