What made you decide you wanted to be a photographer?
Actually, my babies did. I know, I know…every Mom with a camera says that. But its true…and once I got a camera that actually captured them moving…I was hooked. Loved watching how the light would create a whole new dramatic emotion. And I began wanting to photograph everyone and everything.
How would you describe your photography style?
Hmmm, I would say I try to create soft and full of light images. I’m a huge fan of negative space and try to incorporate that in each session I do.
How do you get your clients to relax and feel natural around you?
I talk to my clients throughout the session…I let them know what I’m seeing. It’s not uncommon for me to shout out “the light the light…ahh, gorgeous” seriously ends up making my clients laugh at what a dork I am. But letting them know that they look beautiful or that the natural expressions I’m seeing are perfect…that helps in making my clients feel more confident and relaxed.
Are you Canon or Nikon?
What are a few things that you wish you would have known when starting your own business?
That the business side is just as important as the creative side. I would have been WAY more organized from the beginning.
What do you find is the best way to promote your photography business?
Facebook! I don’t advertise…my clients are the backbone of my business. They tell their friends, share photos or tag photos and through that more clients come and see what I’m about…or what my photography is all about. It feels like one big connection for me. And I prefer working through referrals because it’s the truest form of value a client can give me. It shows me that they loved their session and want to share it.
What is your most favorite photo you have ever taken and why?
Favorite photo…I have a ton because I get pretty attached to each session or wedding. But one of my all time favorites is of my friend Sarah and her man Kevin. Loved the way the wind moved her hair at just the right moment. The colors and the light…beautiful to me. Another favorite as it happens is one I took this past weekend of Shauna and Austin…the kiss. You could say. The flowers in the air and that moment frozen in time just makes me want to smile. Uber romance you could say. I’m a romantic at heart.
What’s your favorite lens?
Hands down 85mm AH-MAZING lens. The bokeh, super tack sharp and really this lens loves light like I do. ;p
What tip would you give aspiring photographers?
Less is more when it comes to photo shop…try to get the images you want in camera. Shoot every single friend, child, landscape…i.e. subject you can find. Practice so much and stay passionate. Remember why you picked up that camera in the first place. When I started out I read every possible piece of information on light and composition that I could get my hands on. And then I would go out and practice on my friends and family. Understand that you will take bad images…and it doesn’t make you horrible. But learn from it and try harder. My parents always tell me to get back up and try again…I felt so discouraged in the beginning. But it’s that magical photo that you do take, that one that will make your heart skip that erases all those images that you struggled with…and make you realize its worth it.
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