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For New Photographers | Putting Yourself Out There | First-Year Fridays | Nikki Santerre Photography

February 15, 2013

I’ve been interested in photography for a few years, but I didn’t really start taking the industry, or myself, seriously until around this time last year.

I would read photography blogs and I felt that tug at my soul, that feeling that this was where I was meant to go.

I didn’t know any photographers, had no close friends in the business, but I wanted to meet other people who shared my passion.

On a whim, I emailed Karen and Katie, among a few other photographers who were local to my area whose work I admired. I just wanted someone to talk to, somewhere to go if I had a question because this industry is vast, overwhelming, and I honestly had no clue what I was doing.

Karen & Katie were both wonderful, answering my questions and being so sweet to someone who was so new.

Don’t get me wrong, there were others. There were ones who looked down on me, who made me feel like an idiot, who doubted me. Those people gave me all the more desire to want to learn and better myself.

Even though there are people that want to bring you down, I promise there are more people out there that want to help you.Ā 

People like Katelyn and Amanda.

You just have to take that first leap of faith and put yourself out there first.

I met Amanda for the first time at my friend Joanna’s wedding. I walked up to her, without realizing who she was, and asked her a question about how she liked her lighting set up. She could have been rude, she could have told me she was busy, she could have said anything. Instead, she was humble and kind. She said I could come to her with any question, and she has kept her word on that.

Some of these girls have been my mentors, and some have become friends. Some I even get the privilege to second shoot for this year (which I’m so stoked about!). But none of them would be in my life if I had been too timid, if I hadn’t just put myself out there.

Sure, you open yourself to the potential criticism. But the opportunity to make real friendships from these peer relationships far out ways the former.

Amanda hosted a Q&A for Richmond photographers last weekend. It was so much fun to hang out with this group of girls who share the same passion and drive for their businesses.

Amanda, rocking her mint and coral!


Work it, Joanna!


Love the faces she makes! She knows how to make her subjects feel good about themselves.



This girl! Oh my goodness, Ashley is my favorite.

My pretty friend, Lorraine.


  1. faithhooper says:

    Reblogged this on faithhooper and commented:
    Sharing on my page for my friend! Beautiful person, beautiful photographer!

  2. ashley link says:

    LOVE this!!!!! so glad we’re friends and can be a good support system for each other! šŸ™‚ LOVE YOU!!!! šŸ™‚

  3. […] (You can read all about the Richmond Q&A last weekend here). […]

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