Rachel Jenae


Every shoot is different.  Every shoot has its challenges. Every shoot has its surprises. Preparing for a shoot has been a growing process over many years.  The surprises are less, the challenges are less. Understanding the comings and goings of the sun and what all photographers know as the “golden hour” was another phase of learning.  Getting to the place where I felt completely comfortable with my camera as just an extension of my eye, probably didn’t happen until sometime this last year.  Still a growing process. If I go a month without shooting, it’s like anything else in life–working out, playing an instrument–I remember, but some of the basics are easily overlooked and forgotten.

Why am I sharing this? Because everything in life is a process. We never stop learning. We never stop growing. We are either moving forward or moving backwards; there is no standing still.  So learn. Choose to keep learning. Challenge yourself to walk through the hard processes of life and learn everything that presents itself as an opportunity to learn from. When life seems easy and boring, challenge yourself to look a little deeper and stretch an area of yourself that you have become completely satisfied in and make it better. Turn off your tv. Put down your phone. Get off Facebook. Don’t be ok with mediocrity. Don’t be ok with broken relationships. Don’t be ok with frustrations. Don’t be ok with the apathy and standard that others see as ok for them. Don’t stop learning. Don’t stop growing. Don’t stop asking the hard questions.  Don’t stop.

Here’s a few pictures from the last time I was home with my whole family.  This shoot was thrown together last minute. The lighting for that time of day was too bright.  The kids were tired. The dog was only being a distraction. Everyone was in a hurry to just snap a picture and be done. But… I learned. I learned from every picture.