You know you got that Deana Carter reference.

I am still learning so much about photography. Specifically, what I like, what I feel like I’m good at, and everything in between. It’s such a fun journey–one that I never expected to go on. At least not at this rate, but I am so thankful to have such an amazing tool to capture life with. And even though I am still very much an amateur, it’s a fun process.

In Texas the leaves have two colors: alive and dead. North Carolina offers a little bit more in the fall foliage department, and I wanted to capture the colors before they all disappeared. I carried my camera with me everywhere, scoping out trees while I drove to work or ran errands, but we had some overcast days that didn’t provide that wonderful warm autumn light that I desired so much. Last Thursday the conditions were perfect, and I spent about an hour walking around the ECU Recreation Complex by our apartment building. Honestly, I felt nervous, like I didn’t know what I was looking for. I am insanely critical of myself in just about every aspect of my life, but try to give myself a break when it comes to photography.

I’m still learning, I tell myself. It’s okay if the pictures look regular. 

But, I was a little surprised when I got back to the apartment and plugged in my SD card. Sometimes you just have to see things on the screen to know if it’s good or not. I’m really proud of these pictures, even though I had no expectations.

I encourage you to go take a walk and just shoot what you see, as you see it.