As a kid, my dad would load my siblings and I into our minivan and drive around the Wisconsin countryside looking for landscapes to photograph. Some trips were filled with my siblings and I picking on each other because we were bored as heck. But some trips were great memories spending time with Dad. It was during these little excursions where my interest in photography began to grow. As I got older, it became just Dad and me. He would give me lessons on aperture, depth of field, the exposure triangle, composition rules, etc. We would wait for what seemed like hours for the lighting to be just right or for a cloud to move into just the right position. I guess he was just paying forward what his dad taught him. I'll keep these memories close to my heart forever as that is how my photography journey began.
I've been doing portrait photography since 2012. With each session and client comes new exciting opportunities to express my creativity and overcome my own photographic insecurities and challenges. I am constantly looking for new things to learn and practice to improve my skill. That being said, I'd like to kick off my first blog post with a 30 day photography challenge and I'm inviting any skill level of photographer join me. Each day I will choose a subject and spend 10 minutes photographing it. I hope to be able to slow down, focus on the basics and in the end, continue to improve my photography skills. At the end of the week, I will post my 5 favorite photos from each day. If you would like to join me in this challenge, feel free to add a link to where your photos are in the comments below or share them on your social media platform of choice with the hashtag #knutzen30dayphotochallenge.
Below are my top 5 from day 1. Happy photographing!