A couple weeks ago I drove out to Paola to take some pictures for a friend and her husband’s family. Her in-laws have a beautiful piece of land that is great for family photos.

I learn something new each time I get the opportunity to take pictures for someone… Like this time around I was horrible about cutting off people’s hands, feet, and arms in awkward places. Whenever I do stuff like that I cringe and think back to this website my friend, Casey, shared called “youarenotaphotographer.com”. Let’s just say you don’t want your pictures to qualify for being blasted on their website.

Casey is a professional photographer, so she actually knows what she’s doing. I, on the other hand, basically only took two years of fundamental photography in high school and worked in a photo lab mounting pictures and cleaning printing machines. So I don’t have the experience under my belt not to make rookie moves like chopping off two-thirds of someone’s leg. But I’ll get there!

(I would like to take a quick moment to give Casey, some recognition for her inspiring photography. I have know Casey since elementary school and today she is an absolutely incredible photographer. She inspires me in a lot of other ways, but her photography in particular is amazing. If you’re in the Houston area and need a sweet and PROFESSIONAL photographer, check out her website, www.dreamtree-photography.com, or like her page on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/dreamtreephotography.)

Another thing I realized was that I need to take my time and not rush. I start to feel bad when I’m taking a long time or the picture doesn’t “feel” right. And then I start to worry that the longer I take, the less natural everyone will look. So I don’t know what to do about that. I guess it’s something that just comes with experience. Maybe I should consider taking a few photo classes on Groupon eventually?

Anyhow, here are a few photos from my time with the Riders!

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