I held onto those notes, those scraps of paper, right up until my husband and I recently moved into a new home. They were just white-lined pieces out of a composition book and at some point I had stapled them together and put them in the top drawer of my desk. They traveled with me through several homes, a painful divorce, a career leap, and at long last to a forever home with a forever family.
Alongside the advice there were notes like "shooting groups with more than eight people at f/4.0" and "ambient light is controlled by shutter speed", as well as information on histograms and tips for creating natural posing. And all of those things became second nature over the years while I still struggled with the most important point Mary made that day.
Don't be afraid to share yourself; not in the perfect light that the internet insists you be. Tell the truth and let it be beautiful regardless.
My name is Jackie Michelle Fox. I am 33 years old but just last week I told my husband I am definitely 32. I am self trained and incredibly dedicated to my work. Photography was never a business model for me; it has always been about perfecting a craft that has been gnawing at my insides since I was 17 years old.