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Good news is… you are not a fauxtog.  You do not have clients, you don’t shoot for others, and you are not marketing your services.  As long as you keep it this way, until your photography is of pro quality, no one can call you a fauxtog.  You’re just a girl with a camera that gets joy from photographing.  There is no shame in that.  Unlike professional photography and being a tog for hire, art is subjective.  If the person making it is fulfilled creating it, and satisfied with the end outcome, then it’s art.  If others see it as art, appreciate it,  and want to purchase it, it’s just a little extra piece of wonderfulness.  Not only has your art touched something in you, but it touched others as well, and isn’t this why we create in the first place?

I spent the first 10 minutes just trying to figure out what it was that you wanted us to look at.  Just looked like personal snap shots to me.  So I ended up going to your zenfolio in hopes to find better organization/direction.  This is all based on your “Artists favorites” album.

I can’t see what you are trying to convey in your shots.  There is lack of composition and direction, and no lead for my eyes.

The color photos are over saturated.

The black and whites seem muddy.

Heavy vignette, does not a good photo make.

Suggestions on how to improve

Look up “rule of thirds” and learn how it works, before ever attempting to break it.  Centering your subject rarely if ever works.  Study good composition and constantly aim to achieve it.

Watch your horizons.  Nothing worse than a crooked horizon that throws your shot out of whack

Slow down and take your time when composing a shot.  Instead of “Hey pretty flower!  CLICK!” think to yourself “How can I capture this flower, in a way no one has seen before.  Study a scene, and the light.  Move about, Crouch down, shoot up, back off, come in close..ect ect  Experiment with how your distance and your POV effects what you see through the lens.  Come back to the location you want to shoot several times at different times of the day/year if possible.  Good landscape photographers will study locations for a very long time before they capture it the way they see in their minds eye.

Hold back on the editing, until you get good straight out of the camera shots more consistently, THEN move on to learn better editing techniques.

Study study study  Look at photography that you admire in a whole new way.  Ask yourself “Why does this work?  Why is it good?  What are all of it’s attributes?”  Study them, and learn how to take them apart and break them down.  and NO! it’s not because they have awesome equipment that you don’t have.  You have a camera, that can record light, that’s all you need to start learning good composition, the exposure triangle, and good solid photography basics.

If photography is something you love, never stop.  Keep going!!!