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The Guidry Family

The weather here in Southeast Texas has been extremely crazy. Like, crazier than usual. I think that we literally had all four seasons wrapped up into one week recently. Since I only do photo shoots outdoors in natural light, it has been quite difficult to follow through with scheduled sessions on their original dates! I was so nervous that this same exact problem was going to occur when the day came to take family & engagement photos of the Guidry family.

I woke up to the weather forecast saying that we had a 50% chance of scattered showers throughout the day, and wind gusts that were NOT ideal for shooting photos in (can we say crazy hair?!?). But I decided to go ahead and wait it out. This couple came to me not only as my first official clients since starting my business, but also from a frustrating situation where the previous photographer that they had scheduled their engagement photos with (6 months in advance!), cancelled on them the day before their shoot was scheduled to happen. Not cool.

About 15 minutes before they arrived at the park that we did part of their session at, it started sprinkling. My heart sank because I really did not want to have to reschedule their session. Not necessarily for my own sake, but for theirs. Engagement and family photos are such wonderful memories to have, and they are such a sweet couple. I really wanted to help them finally be able to capture this special, exciting milestone in their lives together.

Thankfully, it only sprinkled for a moment. But the wind was still insane! I laughed because Nicole was afraid that her dress was going to fly up and flash everybody at the park (which was unusually busy that day!!). But once we walked back to the jogging trail area, the trees blocked the wind perfectly! We were able to capture some great photos back in that area. When we moved on to the bridge for a few photos, the wind died down a bit, so we were able to get even more fun photos there.

Then we moved on to Texas Avenue, which is one of my absolute favorite places to take photos. There are so many different buildings that make amazing backdrops for photos of any kind.

I am truly looking forward to see what God has in store for this very sweet, hilarious couple and their beautiful little family.

New Adventure: Laura Jean Photography

I have been a hobbyist photographer for many years. It all started with my first 35mm film camera when I was in the 3rd grade. I loved taking photos at school, behind the scenes at basketball and softball practice, road trips with my family, etc.

When I turned 27 years old, I decided to buy my first DSLR camera. I bought the Canon Rebel T2i starter kit with two lenses and the ugliest camera bag I have ever seen, so that I could take “good photos” of my son….especially when he was playing sports. I never would have dreamed that my love for photography would grow even more than what it already was at the time, but it most certainly has.

For about the first 4 years of owning my camera, it stayed on “Auto” mode. I had no clue what all of the other buttons were for, nor did I care. Yes, the camera came with a great User’s Manual, but I am a bit of a stubborn person who does not like to read a user’s manual for anything until it breaks down. Plus, auto mode was working quite well for me. Sometimes I got the shot that I wanted, and sometimes I didn’t. That’s just how photography works, right?!?

Then I read an article on Facebook about shooting in manual mode, and why it is a must to learn. I was skeptical at first. I thought that either A.) This person was just trying to sell something that my single mom self wouldn’t be able to afford anyways or B.) This person was just trying to show the world wide web just how well educated they were in the world of photography. But I went ahead and read the article, anyways. At the end of the article was a link for “free” photography lessons. Again, being the skeptical woman that I am, I thought to myself “Ok….what’s the scam? Where is the fine print that says the lessons are free, but you have to purchase their software in order to view the lessons….or something along those lines?” However, it ended up not being a scam. It ended up being one of the greatest things to actually happen to me as far as my journey in photography. I signed up for the class, completed the class, didn’t pay a dime to anybody and gained a huge amount of knowledge about my camera.

And my photography hasn’t been the same, since.

Which leads me to today. I just received my business cards in the mail, submitted a DBA application and am about to work on setting my blog up to support my new business….

Laura Jean Photography.

I am excited and nervous, all at the same time. On one hand, I am looking forward to working with different families in my community, meeting new people and growing my passion for photography. On the other hand, I am scared to turn a hobby that I love so much, into a business. I have heard countless stories of people who ended up despising their hobby after turning it into a business. But I honestly don’t see that happening here. I just want to help others outside of my family & friends, capture their special memories.

I have no clue what God has in store for this journey, but I am grateful to be able to experience it.