As most people know, I am still fairly new to the ever expanding photography world. I have been shooting for 1 year as of this March (2011) and the last 9 months have been about starting my business, finding + branding my style, and learning to shoot in manual mode. It has been a whirlwind of fun, excitement, and most of all learning. I have learned so many things throughout this run-a-way journey and I am changing the way I run my business and even my life.
I started off photographing what I thought clients wanted to see. I scoured many different blogs of other photographers trying to figure out just how they did something or how I could replicate their style. I figured if other people liked them, I couldn’t go wrong. I realized over the past year that I was not being true to myself. I wasn’t creating images that made me happy, but rather striving to make others happy. Once I started “shooting for me” and taking pictures of what made my heart sing and processing+editing in a way that made me feel all warm and fuzzy, I knew I had hit something. Since then, I have really developed “my style.”
The clients I get now are hiring me based upon if they like my style. They know what they are going to get and most clients trust my judgment completely, which gives me the freedom to be me. While I love to incorporate suggestions and ideas from clients and get creative with shoots, I am hesitant to shoot things that do not represent my work. Please don’t ever show up to a shoot with me wearing matching white t- shirts and jeans or ever ask me to use selective color. While that’s cute and all, its just not my style.
I hope you’ll find that my style is colorful, artful, soulful stories and just what you’re looking for!
Amanda Trei is the owner of Bits Of Life Photos and is an on-location, natural light photographer specializing in custom child and family portraiture along with seniors.