Hi! In case you haven’t read the “About Me” section of my blog, I’ll give you a quick overview. My name is Kristen Porter and I recently started a photography business with my friend and roommate from college. I have been practicing photography for 5 years and only recently started seriously studying photography. I am married to a wonderful and supportive husband. We have known each other a very long time and have been married for six years. We have two beautiful children, a girl and a boy, six years old and two years old respectively.

That’s a good start, anything else you want to know, you know where to click! J Before I decided to start my 365, I figured it would be good to get into the habit of carrying my camera with me everywhere first, so that is where I started. I began taking my camera with me to work every day and made it a point to use it at least once during the day as a way to relax. I found that taking pictures during my lunch break or on a regular break was a great way to practice, to relax and snap some pretty cool photos. The habit quickly became a routine and now I’m not able to head to work without my camera. It gives me something to look forward to while I’m at work and helps my work day go by faster.

Since I was taking pictures every day (or attempting to) I gave myself a subject or theme to focus on that I figured would be fairly easy for me to plan to take pictures of. The theme I came up with was sunsets and sunrises; I figured that no matter what time I was at work, I would catch one of the two. What I love about capturing those moments are the colors in the sky. I love capturing the reds, oranges and yellows that comes with sunrise and I love capturing the reds, pinks, oranges, blues and periwinkles that come with sunsets. I’m completely obsessed with the now project and will take pictures throughout the year of sunrises and sunsets as I’m able to for my own personal pleasure and to share on my blog. Some of them will be part of my Project 365 and others will not be. I’m interested to see how things change over the year and what I’m able to capture as my style changes.

Given my two projects, it is no surprise that my first picture for my project 365 is of the sunrise through the trees in my backyard.  When I started taking the pictures for my Project 365, I had not decided what I wanted to focus on or improve. About three days into my project, I decided I wanted to focus on composition in my photography. Needless to say, the composition in these photos is terrible. However, I did capture the sunrise as I had hoped. I probably could have eliminated more of the tree that was in the way, but it was early in the morning and I was not prepared to sit on the roof of my husband’s Jeep to snap some photos and I didn’t want to miss it. Although I don’t like the composition of the photo, one thing I do like about it is how the sun is captured in the photo. I like how the light peeks through the gaps in the tree branches and how the light is captured in the picture. I also had a hard time holding my camera high enough to avoid capturing my neighbor’s fence in some of the photos. It was good practice though and at least I know what to do to prepare to take the picture the next time.