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Seeing the Light | Orange County, CA Senior Photographer

Simply put- It’s hands down my most favorite session.  I’ve never been moved downloading photos like I was when I was downloaded these.  I actually got choked up! It was the first time where I allowed myself to be proud.  I saw myself beyond the girl who was afraid to call herself an actual photographer. It felt like a turning point.

My photography journey began less then a year ago.  And like a lot of people, I immersed myself into what everyone else is doing in their own journey.  There is SUCHHH amazing talent out there and it becomes hard to look past all of that and allow yourself time to just get there.  I wanted to be good- like yesterday.  I’m not saying I’ve completely moved passed this (or always see myself as “good”)  but I’m now allowing myself to relish my own journey. I’ve come a long way from where I started and I have a very long way to go. I know I’ll never stop learning, and I don’t want to!

Come the morning of the shoot, I couldn’t have been more thrilled knowing what I had to look forward to… until I looked out the window.  Sometimes sunny Southern California isn’t so sunny. In fact, on this day it was downright GREY and cloudy… by the time evening came along, it looked like bed time by 5pm- that’s how dark it was out! We had to move fast once we found our spot because the sun was really almost gone behind the clouds… it was at 6:36 (yes, I checked and that’s when the first click of my shutter was) and I knew I only had till about 7-715, tops before it was too late.

Thankfully, it wasn’t too late.  I got some photos that I know I will love and will mean so much to me no matter where I go in my photography journey. I will look back and not only see them as beautiful photographs of beautiful girls, but I’ll see the girl behind them who finally started to believe in herself.

Melissa - Denise these photos of the girls are real beauty’s and definatley something to be proud of! The camera loves them and the photographer (you) knew how to capture the “eye candy” moments! These pictures and basically all the pictures you have done in which you put your heart and soul into are definatley considered money shots! Great job and I can’t wait to get my turn one day with you!

Sherry Ellen Photography - I just wanted to say stunning photos, you should be very proud of yourself, I hope someday I can be as good as you.

Chelsea - Denise! It is such a priviledge to get to read your thoughts and to be featured as one of your early sessions. I am amazed at people like you, who God has given the eyes of an artistic visionary, and the drive to create even when starting out makes you feel like a little fish in a big pond. There might be a lot of good photographers out there, but you Denise have something so special that comes through your photographs. It’s not just professionalism, it’s heart! When I look at your shoots with people I’ve never met before, I don’t feel like I’m looking at a model, but at a friend. You have a way of bringing out the best in the people (& kids!) you photograph, while still showcasing their true personality. It’s lovely. Keep up the good work! Photography is a blessing to those who you photograph, & in reading your blog I can see that it’s a blessing to you as well 🙂

Audrey Boehme - These are so soft and pretty! You did an excellent job, really love your processing!!

Toni | Austin Portrait Photographer - These photos are beautiful! You’ve got a great eye.

Cayton Heath - Girl you almost made me cry while I read this post!!! I have never heard my own thoughts put on a post before but you said it. It makes me feel good to know that there are other photogs out there who are WAY to critical of their work (cause honey I thought you had been doing this alot longer then you said). I feel like I am the only photographer that says to herself “Agh, I can’t believe people like my work…it doesn’t look like so and so’s…am I getting worse not better…I can’t believe I posed them like that could I not see the tree coming out of their heads!!” (Just to recite a few)
So thanks for sharing so honestly with all of us. You have a new fan and cheerleader here.

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