How it all began
By: Michayla Hanson
Hello, for those who don't know me, my name is Michayla Hanson. I am a photographer and owner of Photography By Michayla Hanson. Today I just wanted to share my photography journey.
I am a newer professional photographer. I have been doing photography since I was in 7th grade with a dinky point and shoot camera. You can see one of my first photos I have ever shot with it below!
These are screenshots off of Face book as I couldn't download them, but as you can see they are not good quality. I am a bit surprised by how they don't look too terrible framing wise, but definitely not my best work. These are not as bad as when I went to my cousins wedding though and decided I would play wedding photographer at age thirteen. I will let you cringe with me on this one.
As you may see both images are blurry. The Image on the Left is badly lit, hazy and my thumb is in the top left corner of picture. Luckily for them they hired a professional photographer as you can see in left picture on the left side of frame. The right picture is just blurry and is a tad orange. In all we all start some where right?
I mainly did landscape photos until I hit Highschool. In my senior year (2017) I started to take photography a bit more serious. I took a photography course with my fantastic teacher Geoff Welles. This is where I learned the basics such as rules of thirds. We did various projects and if you want to see all of them you can click here to go to my old website. I will highlight a few below:
The photo on the left was part of a double exposure project where we purposefully made double exposed images. I still like this one and I actually submitted it into a local contest and tied for first place in the "Digital Imaging" category. The picture on the right is better than the wedding photos I took four years prior, but the picture is still a tad blurry. What is cool about the photo on the right is that this was taking in what is called the Arklund Studio in Cokato MN. It is technically a small museum of an old photography studio where the background was actually painted on. The museum let students use this studio for free. The furniture my friend is sitting on is actually the original furniture that the original photographer used. Back in the day they used a skylight at an angle instead of studio lighting which is what I utilized. Which looking back I am thankful I got to shoot the "old fashioned" way.
I started using what is considered a medium camera in April 2017. It was better than a point and shoot, but not as good as a DSLR. From 2017-2020 I tried to make it as a photographer with a Medium camera. Being in a small town where people are very hesitant about anything free (unless they know you) It was hard building any sort of portfolio or clients. I don't blame anybody through. my Medium camera though it didn't take the worst photos it wasn't the best. Below is two pictures I took with my medium Camera.
It wasn't until March 2020 that I obtained a DSLR camera. The Canon Rebel T6 is what I bought and is the camera I am using today. It's a nifty beginner DSLR that works wonders! I started in March with free photography sessions to help build my portfolio and now I currently offer discounted rates to help create a client base. My first two sessions with this camera was a maternity and then a couple session. These sessions went alright, but I had minimal light knowledge. That is what I feel I have been struggling the most as a photographer is with lighting. My maternity shoot most of my pictures were either way under exposed or super over exposed on the skin as I will show you below.
My photography has improved A LOT since March. and I am starting to find my style! I now have a bright and vibrant style that I love! I know I will always continue to grow and improve as a photographer, but I am happy and proud of my pictures now.
It amazes me to see how far I have come and hope to grow in the future! If you are new, don't be too hard on yourself nobody was perfect (or even good) when they first start out. Just keep an open mind and keep striving to learn new things and push yourself as a photographer!