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Why does it take so long to receive my photos? | Sweet Wally Photography | Newborn Photographer in Bowling Green, KY & Nashville, TN

A photographer shows up to your house for a lifestyle newborn session, hangs with your family for a couple of hours and then it is three weeks before you get to see the photos. Why in the world does it take so long?

Editing. The culprit, my friends, is the editing process.

Two photographers can capture the exact same moment, but what she does with that image in post-processing is what truly makes it hers. Styles vary from light & airy to dark & moody and those who own those looks have come to it through trial and error and lots of time behind the computer screen.

My style is true-to-life, not too dark & not too light colored images - with very crisp and strong contrast black & white images. Applying this to my newborn galleries takes me an average of 10 hours per session. Some photographers are faster, some take more time - but it is a labor of love to achieve a seamlessly blended 50 image gallery. But hopefully you will find the end result is worth the wait!

Here is a snapshot of some images in the before and after stage. 

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Which before/after is your favorite? You know I'm a fan of anything black & white! If you have any questions about my editing process, always happy to chat. And if you're ready to become a Sweet Wally Mama, please reach out here!

Whitney Williams of Sweet Wally Photography | Photographer in Kentucky & Tennessee

Whitney Williams of Sweet Wally Photography creates custom photography experiences for women becoming mothers. She is a maternity & lifestyle newborn photographer serving Bowling Green, Kentucky, Nashville, Tennessee and its surrounding areas. Not in those places? She is always happy to travel!

Photography Goals for 2018 | Sweet Wally Photography | Nashville Photographer | Bowling Green KY Photographer

Are you a list person? Like do you enjoy writing things down and checking them off? I totally am. I will even write something down I've already accomplished just to have the satisfaction of crossing through it. Tell me I'm not alone? Or just politely nod and keep scrolling...

I'm also a big goals person and no better time to write down those goals than in the new year! Actually, I'm a fan of writing down goals just because it's a Monday, so you can imagine the excitement that the turn of a calendar brings me. 

And if there is one way to hold you accountable with goals, it's to place them on a public forum. For your business. Where people find out more about you. Nothing intimidating about that at all...

But in that spirit of accountability, here they are! My Photography Goals for 2018...

1) Find a mentor. I see some inconsistencies with my portfolio that I'm coming up short resolving on my own. And coming from a business background, I have seen, read and felt the positive outcomes of working with someone who is where you want to be. So enlisting a photography mentor to help with my other goals is priority numero uno.

2) Apply to Click Pro. My photography journey began and continues with ClickinMoms, and since I posted my first photos for critique on the forum in December 2014, it has been my goal to be among the Click Pro crowd. Click Pro is "a modern network of highly skilled professional photographers and independent artists," and receiving that label comes with a lot of work and prep. A photographer submits a portfolio of 150 images to be reviewed by 3-5 judges who score her in six different categories. A score of 32 is needed for acceptance and for that sought after #clickpro hashtag. I plan to apply by Memorial Day. Hold me to it.

3) Learn video. My camera is awesome (Nikon D750) and it is my third child. We've been together for nearly two years, yet I haven't scratched the surface of everything it has to offer, including video. I dabble here and there, but in 2018 I'd really like to create some video content for my family and the families I photograph.

So that's the big three! (Shout out if you get that This Is Us reference). Cheers to a fun and productive 2018! Let's check in at the halfway mark in June, shall we?

Whitney Williams of Sweet Wally Photography | Bowling Green KY Photographer

Whitney Williams of Sweet Wally Photography is a maternity & lifestyle newborn photographer serving Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Nashville, Tennessee. She loves photographing babies, bellies and her everyday at home with her kiddos.

 

 

Top Ten from 2017 | Sweet Wally Photography | Bowling Green KY Photographer

The end of another year is always a fantastic opportunity to review the work that's been done, to see how far you've come and how far you still need to go. Basically, that's photography in a nutshell. As soon as one thing is mastered, you realize there are 450 more things on the to learn list! 

This past year, I can see improvement in my storytelling and compositions. I feel like my editing needs more consistency. I have a lot of ideas in the new year and I'm excited to get started.

But first, a look at my personal top ten photos from 2017. Can you tell black and white is one of my love languages?

2017 Top Ten Photos from Whitney Williams | Nashville Photographer
2017 Top Ten Photos from Whitney Williams | Nashville Photographer
2017 Top Ten Photos from Whitney Williams | Nashville Photographer
2017 Top Ten Photos from Whitney Williams | Nashville Photographer
2017 Top Ten Photos from Whitney Williams | Nashville Photographer
2017 Top Ten Photos from Whitney Williams | Bowling Green KY Photographer
2017 Top Ten Photos from Whitney Williams | Bowling Green KY Photographer
2017 Top Ten Photos from Whitney Williams | Bowling Green KY Photographer
2017 Top Ten Photos from Whitney Williams | Bowling Green KY Photographer
2017 Top Ten Photos from Whitney Williams | Bowling Green KY Photographer

While I'm proud of what was accomplished in the last year, I've got a list a mile long of things I want to work on in the new year. I'm sure that will be an upcoming post! What are hoping to work on in 2018? 

Whitney Williams of Sweet Wally Photography

Whitney Williams is a photographer serving Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Nashville, Tennessee. She photographs maternity and lifestyle newborn clients and her everyday with two littles at home.