I remember the first time I shared my work in a forum of other photographers asking for constructive criticism. It was about 4 or 5 years ago, and I was about a year into the business, and feeling pretty confident about my work (otherwise I wouldn't have considered putting myself out there.)
I uploaded what I considered my best work at the time to the page and waited for their responses, expecting high praise. Instead I was met with what I sought; Constructive criticism. Other artists with more seasoned eyes pointing out that my white balance was off, and that my editing style was not consistent, among other things. I think I remember making excuses for these things, when I should have owned them. I tried to brush off their words, because I clearly took them the wrong way.
But those words stayed with me, and come to the front of my mind every time I begin the editing process. Improving these things has been at the top of my list of priorities now when I create a gallery. In fact the words "IMPROVE CONSISTENCY IN EDITING STYLE" are at the top of an actual list of goals I have hanging in my office.
If I could find that post I made, I'd go back to it and thank those people for their CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. I truly believe it's served me well. In fact, I think it's time I seek out some more.
Consistency and an appropriate white balance can be a challenge this time of year, when I'm shooting under the canopy of hardwoods with the golden sun filtering through them, turning everybody a lovely shade of chartreuse. But I've gotten more comfortable with mitigating this issue, but it still plagues me as I try to maintain consistency in my galleries.
Danielle and Jason's recent lifestyle/maternity session was the perfect challenge as we were presented with a variety of shade, filtered light and full on golden hour sun flares all in one session. I had a wonderful time with them, and their 2.5 babies at their beautiful home. Thank you guys, for inviting me to be a part of this phase of life. It was a true pleasure.