2015 Wrap Up

2015 was such a big year!  For so long I have been encouraged to follow my dreams of having my own photography business and I finally made the leap this year, and I couldn’t be more thankful that I did!  This year brought me so much joy and excitement for my photography.  I have to say I have truly been blessed, and I am so excited to see where 2016 takes me.  To wrap up the year I wanted to pick my top ten favorite pictures from this year’s sessions.  It was hard to do, I truly loved every single one and narrowing down just a few wasn’t easy…in fact so difficult that I left it at 14 and couldn’t cut anymore.  Please enjoy my top picks from 2015…

 

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I cannot thank each of my clients enough for making 2015 as successful as it has been for me.  Without each of you, it would not be possible for me to follow my dreams.  I have so many amazing sessions already scheduled for 2016 and I know that is just a tip of the iceberg at what the year holds in store for me.  Thank you again, each of you, from the bottom of my heart…and thank you God for blessing me and helping me follow this dream of mine.  It was a fantastic 2015, now lets make 2016 even better!

 

Happy New Year!!!!

Why I Chose Photography?

Why did I decide to chase my photography dream?  Simply put, it’s a passion of mine.  I work full time in another profession which I also enjoy and thankfully provides for my family.

In high school I joined the yearbook staff as an elective, it was just to fill the space in my schedule.  My love for photography began there.  I was fascinated with not only taking the pictures but editing them in photoshop as well.  After high school I began college and working full time.  In my second semester of school I became engaged to my high school sweetheart and we moved back home to plan our wedding.

As my wedding gift from a high school teacher, and friend of the family, I received ALL of my wedding pictures, unedited, on CDs.  I was able to edit them as I wish and print whatever I chose.  I continued to be fascinated.

My hubby and I purchased our first digital camera for the honeymoon and I must have taken 600 pictures or more that week we were in Savannah, Georgia.  I carried that point and shoot around for months (maybe even a year).  I would snap pictures of anything and everything.  I will never forget sitting at my desk and taking about a hundred pictures of my wedding set, playing with all the “features” the camera offered.  Only to later realize, I “aint seen nothin’ yet”, after our first baby was born we purchased a “fancier” point and shoot.

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That poor baby, I put the camera in his face 24/7 literally.  I loved snapping pictures of those tiny feet, his little hands, and that nose.  I was bursting with photography excitement.  Then little man started moving, a lot…and soon came baby #2!  Suddenly, the point and shoot wasn’t fast enough and we purchased a DSLR.  I will never forget opening that box and holding my first “real” camera.  Ok, I know that sounds ridiculously crazy but anyone that has a passion of some sort will know what it is like to get a new “toy” related to that passion.

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After getting my first DSLR, I snapped pictures like I never snapped before. I blew up Pinterest and the internet researching and learning every detail of my new camera.  Again, bursting with pure enjoyment.  In the beginning I only snapped pictures of my family and our beautiful children, but eventually I had friends and family members contacting me asking if I would take pictures for them.

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More times than not their reasoning was simple, “professional” photographers were out of their price range and they loved my pictures they had seen on Facebook of my children.  I had one tell me they “won” a session with a very well known family photographer in town but after receiving their proofs they couldn’t afford to purchase but one image, even with the discounted prices.  It saddened me to think there are families out there who have never had family pictures taken because they cannot afford it. I too was this way, I looked at several photographer websites and couldn’t find one in our price range.  I knew I wanted to offer services at prices families could afford.

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Don’t get me wrong, I understand the pricing of those photographers. Many have years and years of training, or they offer special techniques and services that I cannot, which justifies their pricing.  I appreciate and respect each of them and their business.

This dream remained in the back of my mind for a couple of years.  A dream of creating a photography business, that would provide families the opportunity for professional portraits at affordable prices.  After months, maybe even a year or two, being pushed by several special people in my life, I decided why not?!  I knew it was something I wanted to do but I always let fear get in my way.  Eventually, I decided I was going to just jump, with both feet.  I knew my goal- take photos of families, children, newborns, and new parents.  Simple, why was I so worried and scared?  So I did it, I jumped…it was a pretty big jump for me, but I’m so glad I took the risk.

I’m blessed to be able to allow my photography to do exactly what I have dreamed of.  It’s just me and my camera, doing what I love and for that opportunity – I will be forever grateful!

PS- It is so fun to look back at how my photography style has changed!

**Model Call**

Model call for NEWBORNS in the Pensacola area!

TWO WINNERS WILL BE CHOSENNewborn Model Call

  • Must be 5-10 days old between the dates of December 7, 2015 and December 18, 2015
  • Parents receive complimentary newborn session, 1 5X7 print, and 1 web-sized digital image
  • Email ReneeDawkinsPhotography@gmail.com for additional information and to apply

*Deadline to apply is November 27, 2015 and the winners will be announced on Facebook and the website on November 30, 2015.

Welcome!!

**Pardon the dust while I get things settled around here!

Welcome to Renee Dawkins Photography! I’m glad you stopped by.  I’ve been capturing our family memories and my children’s milestones for years through photography. Over the years I did occasional shoots for family and friends upon request and eventually I began having requests from others. I’ve always dreamed of having my own photography business but it always was so intimidating to me.  Recently I decided to put that all aside and step out of the box. And I’m so glad I did!

Such big things are happening around here and I cannot wait to share them with you. I’m literally loving every minute I get behind the camera, meeting new clients, holding precious newborns, editing galleries until my heart feels like it might burst with happiness, and following a passion of mine.

I’ve created this space in hopes of making my work easier to access and share my beautiful clients with you!
My hope is that my passion for photography will shine through my work as you browse through my site. May my work bring a smile to your face just as it does mine each time I view the images.

Please remember this is a new site, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. Please leave a comment, email or message me with any suggestions you may have.
You can also follow along by finding Renee Dawkins Photography on Facebook- please “like” our page for updates and “share” with your friends and family!

Again, thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoy!

-Renee