Meet our Sixty-Two Standout, Tara Denny.
Tara is always sharing the most beautiful photos in our flickr group and is an inspiration as a photographer. Learn more about her at her blog
Read her words here about her experience with photography:
I am still trying out different styles, and I don't really think we as artists should limit ourselves to one "style." I photograph what I am interested in, or what catches my eye. I'm very random.
I don't believe you need expensive equipment to be a photographer. I still use my incredibly outdated Nikon D40, with my 200mm lens and I just happen to have Photoshop. But I have found many programs free online that can do much of the same things that photoshop can.
My favorite subject is of course my daughter Eve. She's been my model since she was 3 and she takes direction exceptionally well. Next to her, I love taking nature shots because I love to be able to catch the things people might see every day, but might not notice.
My biggest challenge is low self esteem. I have a major problem with confidence in my work. And I am constantly comparing my work to people who have been professionally trained and photographing for years longer than me, with much better resources. I have to learn to be content with where I'm at in my learning process and what I am capable of.
Inspiration. Sometimes it's just best for me to take some time off. If I try to force it when I'm not feeling inspired, I will just make myself frustrated and I may turn myself off of what might turn out to be a good idea. I look for inspiration sometimes by browsing through my favorite blogs, and taking walks around our city. Sooner or later I'll get excited about something and want to pick my camera back up.
Ten years ago I had the opportunity to go to college, and instead of following my passion and studying photography, I went with business. I simply wasn't interested in it, and ended up dropping out after two years, wasting all that time and money. If I could slap myself ten years ago, I would, and tell myself to FOLLOW MY PASSION! No matter what.
Thank you Tara for sharing with us and we look forward to more of your beautiful art!
Christian and Ana